Katie Lynch Heartbreak Hill Half-Marathon

You won't want to miss this opportunity to step up to a terrific half-marathon challenge that only the legendary Heartbreak Hill and a wonderful cause can deliver.

This one-of-a-kind event will take place on Sunday, May 31, 2009 in Newton, Massachusetts. What a great way to combine your personal fitness goals while running to benefit The Katie Lynch Foundation. What a terrifically interesting parallel--the connection between the challenge of this half-marathon course including Heartbreak Hill with the challenges faced every day by children and adults with disabilities.

Join the excitement of this special inaugural half-marathon. The USATF-certified course is moderately hilly and challenging. Starting at Newton South High School, the race travels through scenic neighborhoods as runners make their way to and over Newton's famed Heartbreak Hill. You don't have to run the Boston Marathon to experience this famed hill!

Heartbreak Hill is an ascent over 0.4 mile and about 400 feet of the Boston Marathon course, between the 19 and 21 mile marks just west of Boston College. It is the last of four of the Newton Hills along the Boston Marathon course.

If you are looking for an amazing running challenge, one that will define your personal best--along with the chance to make the world a better place--The Katie Lynch Heartbreak Hill Half-Marathon is one race not to be missed.

About Katie Lynch

Katie Lynch knew first hand about challenges and the rewards of crossing the finish line. For Katie, it was all about testing her limits despite the many physical challenges she faced. Born with a rare form of dwarfism and a tissue disorder that required her to undergo many surgeries over the course of her life, she was known to face challenges head on with plenty of humor, courage and spirit.

On April 16, 2001, she jubilantly crossed her own modified Boston Marathon finish line. She stood just 28 inches and had walked 26.2 feet. Her inspiring message that "every human being is worth it" is the core of her legacy. It is fitting that her personal mantra was "Parva Sed Potens," Latin for small but powerful; Katie embodied a can do attitude.

She passed away on October 24, 2002, but the work that she began as a tireless advocate for patients, families and the disabled lives on in the hearts of many.

The Katie Lynch Foundation

The Foundation was established to honor and perpetuate Katie Lynch's commitment to the well-being of those with special needs. You can share Katie's dream of a world where every individual is valued.

The Foundation seeks to fund programs which create opportunities and foster respect for individuals with disabilities and those who assist them. The goal is to enable and assist members of the disabled community to live active and fulfilling lives.

One hundred percent of the race registration fees will go to the Foundation. Your participation can help make this important fundraising event a success.

The Katie Lynch Foundation benefits the following programs:

Children's Hospital Boston's Opening Doors for Youth, a program offering youths with disabilities and special healthcare needs a bright future. www.openingdoorsforyouth.org

Understanding Our Differences, a unique and innovative curriculum, combines learning about disabilities with an emphasis on understanding and respect. See www.understandingourdifferences.org to check it out.

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