Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) honors 2013 Boston Marathon® with special team singlet
February 14, 2014
When more than 700 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) runners take to the Boston Marathon course on April 21, they will wear a special racing singlet featuring the Boston skyline.
The design is meant to give each teammate a symbolic "hug" as they return to the storied race one year after the marathon bombing tragedy shook the city and the world.
The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team, which is running the Boston Marathon for its 25th year this spring, supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The DFMC designed the team's new singlet as a tribute to the 2013 marathon and to support its runners and the city in healing.
The lime green singlet uses soft blue images of the Boston skyline along its sides to convey that the city is embracing each runner on an emotional day for everyone involved in the 118th Boston Marathon. The singlet also commemorates the team's 25th running as one of the Boston Athletic Association's earliest, and now largest, official charity program organizations.
"For our team members – who are so compassionate and committed to the Dana-Farber mission of conquering cancer – we wanted to create an especially memorable singlet that would honor last years marathon tragedy, celebrate our 25th milestone season, and reflect on the resolve this city and the running community have shown in the wake of the bombings," said Jan Ross, director of running programs at Dana-Farber. "The 2014 singlet is emblematic of a heartfelt embrace as DFMC and all runners and fans of the event return to our marathon."
The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenges 2014 goal is to raise $5.3 million for the Claudia Adams Barr Program. Since its inception in 1990, the DFMC has raised more than $61 million for the program. One hundred percent of the money raised by the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team funds Barr Program research.