Local Runner Picked to Be Part of the St. Jude 2020 Boston Marathon Team


  • Courtesy of Josh Szczepanski
About four years ago, Josh Szczepanski, who lives in Mentor, got in a car accident and received a significant head injury. He had to stop working and battled depression.

“I spent the following two-and-a-half years hardly leaving the house and gaining a ton of weight,” he says.

After some bad bloodwork last summer, he knew he needed to change, so he started running. He did the Vegas Half Marathon last November and loved it. In the past year and a half, he’s lost weight and run two full marathons, a handful of half marathons and many other 5k and 10ks.

Recently, he was one of 10 people selected to run on the St. Jude Marathon Team.

“It’s an incredible privilege,” he says. “I can’t believe I was lucky enough to be one of the people selected. I really want to represent Cleveland well and make sure we leave our mark on this fundraising campaign. As a team, our goal is $200,000. If we succeed, it will be record-breaking, the largest amount ever raised for St. Jude by their Boston Marathon Team.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital specializes in pediatric cancer research and treatment. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude, and most of the hospital’s operating budget comes from private donations. The 124th running of the Boston Marathon takes place on Patriot’s Day, the third Monday of April.

Szczepanski's official fundraising page is on CrowdRise.com. When you’re on the page, search for “2020 Boston Marathon” and click “donate” For team, select “St. Jude Heroes — 2020 Boston Marathon Team” and “Josh Szczepanski” for participant.

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