Meet Team Girl Scouts Boston Marathon runner, Angela Scott!
The first time I went to the Boston Marathon was to see my dad race. I can remember seeing faces of pure determination as runners tackled the first of the Newton hills. While watching the race, I knew I wanted to be like all those other runners, but especially like my dad—experiencing all the pain and sense of accomplishment that comes with running Boston.
During my junior year of high school, I had to have spinal fusion surgery, which meant I could no longer play the contact sports I loved. So, I started to run and it slowly became my passion. After completing my first half-marathon in 2012, I set my sights on a bigger goal—I knew I wanted to run the Boston Marathon. In 2013, I never finished that race due to the horrific bombings at the finish line. Two years later I finally finished my first marathon, after running several half marathons in between. When I crossed the finish line at the Baystate race it was bittersweet because I always envisioned myself finishing a marathon after taking a right on Hereford and a left on Boylston.
This time, my Boston Marathon journey is different. As a GSEM Membership Recruiter out in the community, I get to see the excitement and the smiles on these girls’ faces when they learn about what opportunities they will have as a Girl Scout. On days when I am training in the cold and darkness, I think back to the girls I have met. They are my motivation and my fuel to keep going; I want to prove to them that you can do anything you set your mind to do.
Running for me is about pushing your body and your mind to new limits. It’s about empowering others to invest in their health. Please support me in this journey so that all girls who find themselves standing on that same hill in Newton, and envision themselves crossing the finish line, have the opportunity to do so.
We are can’t wait to cheer Angela on as she runs on April 17, 2017! If you would like to support Angela’s fundraising efforts for healthy Girl Scout programming, join us on February 11 for a yoga session at YogaWorks! If you are unable to attend, you can donate directly to Angela’s fundraising page.