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Team GSF in the 2013 Boston Marathon!

February 19, 2013 by Bill Strong
Team GSF in the 2013 Boston Marathon!

We’re so excited! Team GSF will be representing this year in the 117th Boston Marathon! You know...the world’s oldest annual marathon and one of the five World Marathon Majors. Yup, that one! And not just one runner. Not just two. Not three. But FOUR Team GSF runners will be pushing themselves to the limit and sharing all sorts of NEVER GIVE UP. through the streets of Boston on April 15, 2013. And we can’t wait!

So, who’s running? Team GSF superstars (1) Lauren Lundy, (2) Billy Crader, and (3) Stephen Taylor. And (4) me (Gwendolyn's Daddy).

Lauren and Billy both qualified for the 2013 Boston Marathon (and the 2014 Boston Marathon subsequently!) with crazy impressive performances in the Ojai 2 Ocean Marathon and Los Angeles Marathon, respectively. And Stephen Taylor is a running superhero with a LONG list of accomplishments including finishing not one but TWO Western States 100 mile ultramarathons, the oldest and most prestigious trail race in the world.

Bottom line, these three are incredible competitors and runners. More importantly they’re extremely positive and humble people. Every inch of who they are embodies NEVER GIVE UP. and Victoria and I consider them all great friends. Truth is their drive, determination, and support has become a cornerstone of all things GSF -- and definitely Team GSF -- over the years. They've individually created several GSF fundraisers and events and have collectively run thousands of miles, inspired hundreds of runners, and raised tens of thousands of dollars to help end SMA. They’re a major part of what inspired me to stop the excuses and start training for my first marathon, the Santa Barbara Marathon, in 2011. And that decision has led to me finding Gwendolyn’s love for running -- a priceless gift for us all! I’ve never looked back and the training has become a major outlet for me, my personal therapy. So when Stephen gifted me an opportunity to run with these three in the Boston Marathon this year, I jumped!

So, it's on! Team GSF will be representing with FOUR runners in the 2013 Boston Marathon. If you are in the Boston area, keep an eye out for the NEVER GIVE UP. jerseys running through the streets on April 15, 2013. We’re all excited and I definitely feel extremely fortunate to be joining these three crazy competitors and -- oh -- about 30,000 more plus 500,000+ spectators in Boston.

If you are running in the 2013 Boston Marathon and are interested in wearing a Team GSF NEVER GIVE UP. jersey, contact us by clicking HERE.

Ready. Set. Run. NEVER GIVE UP.

{UPDATE} We are so thrilled to learn that Erin Barclay, from Canada, qualified for Boston too!!! Erin ran the Vancouver Marathon as part of Charlie's Angels, in honor of sweet Charlie-Anne, raising over $4,000 for theGSF. That means there are now FIVE Team GSF runners in the 2013 Boston Marathon. Hope Boston can handle this much NEVER GIVE UP. 

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