This will be our eighth consecutive year hosting a team from the Institute to participate in the historic international running event, the Boston Marathon, which this year will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018.
About Team IHP
Every year, MGH Institute of Health Professions recruits runners who have a passion for running and a passion for the work being done here at the Institute. Our runners train hard in both their running efforts and their fundraising efforts as they are asked to raise a minimum of $5,000. Funds raised through the Marathon program support a variety of initiatives at the Institute, including academic program support, scholarships, community service, the on-campus clinical care centers, and so much more. Runners are able to select which fund they would like their donations to support.
Since 2011 Team IHP and the Institute together have raised more than $100,000 for MGH Institute of Health Professions. Funds raised through the Marathon program have a tremendous impact at the IHP both monetarily in support of our students and their educational experience and in awareness of our services for the local community.
The Institute is devoted to coaching our runners to give them both a memorable and rewarding marathon and training experience.
Meet Team IHP
Meredith Anand, DPT '04
Meredith is a 2004 alumna of the MGH Institute of Health Professions Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She is excited to be running in support of the Institute’s new Leslie Portney Fund for Interprofessional Leadership.
Meredith currently works in home health care physical therapy and most recently pursued a comprehensive Pilates certification through Balanced Body Pilates. In addition to work, she spends a good amount of time volunteering in her children’s (ages 10, 8, and 3) schools, with one main activity being head coach of Girls on the Run at the local elementary school. Meredith has enjoyed running as both a competitive sport and a lifestyle since age 15. Meredith was most recently honored for her running by being inducted to her high school athletic hall of fame class of 2016 for cross-country and track and field. She continued her career running competitively for Mount Holyoke College as a Division III athlete and then ran for Boston Running Club while living in Boston for both work and graduate school.
Her days of living in Boston took her over many miles of the Boston Marathon course but never over the finish line. Meredith is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the Boston Marathon – which has been a lifelong dream – with her fellow IHP teammates, and raising funds for the invaluable experiences the MGH Institute affords its students and the bright future that lies ahead for all. When the opportunity to both run Boston and give back to the Institute arose, it seemed like the perfect combination.
Visit Meredith's Marathon page to support her fundraising efforts.
Kristin Cunningham, DPT '17
Kristin is an upstate New York native who moved to Boston to attend the MGH Institute for graduate school. She graduated from the IHP's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in January 2017. She now works as a physical therapist at Brigham and women's hospital in the outpatient main campus clinic.
Kristin found her passion for running in high school. She has run two half marathons in the past, but is extremely excited to be running her first full marathon! When she is not running she is trying out all the group fitness classes in Boston, traveling, or exploring the city with friends.
Kristin will be raising money for the IMPACT Practice Center. The Center provides pro bono services to individuals in the local community who may not otherwise have access to physical therapy care or those whose insurance benefits have expired but still need continued therapy. Kristin knows firsthand how beneficial the Center is to not only students who are gaining hands-on experience, but also beneficial for those within the community who utilize the services provided at the Center. She is excited to represent the IHP in the 2018 Boston marathon!
Visit Kristin's Marathon page to support her fundraising efforts.
Elizabeth "Libby" Lee, CSD Student
Libby Lee is a member of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology class of 2019 at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Originally from North Carolina, she moved to New England for college and never left.
Libby has cheered along the Boston Marathon route for the past seven years, and is very excited to see the race from a different perspective this year as a runner! She began running road races with her father after his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. They have completed four Thanksgiving turkey trots, three 10-milers and one half-marathon together.
Libby enrolled in graduate school for speech-language pathology after seeing the positive effect that speech pathology had for her father and her family. Since enrolling at the MGH Institute, she has been particularly impressed with the quality of care provided to community members at the IMPACT Practice Center, which allows students to gain experience and develop skills as clinicians while helping address health needs of the community.
Libby is very excited to help support the work of the IMPACT Practice Center while fulfilling her dream of completing the Boston Marathon.
Visit Libby's Marathon page to support her fundraising efforts.