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October 22, 2015

Dear Members of the Tufts Community,

I am writing to update you on the Tufts Marathon Team and our participation in the 120th Boston Marathon. Tufts’ involvement in the Boston Marathon has been a beloved tradition at the university and we are grateful to John Hancock for the opportunity to once again participate in this historic race.  For the 2016 marathon, I am happy to report that John Hancock has allotted us 25 bibs for runners representing Tufts.

The 2016 Marathon will be held on Patriots Day, Monday, April 18, 2016. A lottery system will be used to determine who receives a bib, and interested runners are asked to register here: Fundraising continues to be a requirement for runners, and minimums for this year remain at $1,500 for students and $5,000 for all others. With limited space, special preference for staff, alumni, parent and friend slots will be given to those with high fundraising ambitions.  As in years past, gifts will support research on nutrition, obesity, hunger, and famine and sustain health and wellness programs across the university.

In the months leading up to the marathon, Coach Don Megerle will take the helm of the team’s training schedule and provide the expertise and support our runners need, as well as on race day itself. Runners will also receive guidance from veteran staff marathoners. Associate Dean of Tisch College and Professor at the Friedman School Miriam Nelson will be available to runners for nutritional advice, while Vice President for University Advancement Eric Johnson and his colleagues will help with fundraising coordination.

Those interested in joining the team can participate in training runs and meet with Coach Megerle and dedicated members of the Athletics Department on Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. in front of the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center on the Medford/Somerville campus.

Any member of the community is welcome to join the team in these runs and the different local races in which members participate. These are great opportunities to get in shape and stay healthy, even if running the marathon itself is not your goal. I have personally participated in a number of these runs so far this year for my own personal fitness and recreation, and can confirm that they are great fun and tremendously motivating.

If you have any questions about the marathon or training runs, contact Coach Megerle at

Best wishes and good luck!

Tony Monaco