The Massage Therapy Foundation‘s (MTF) 2013 Boston Marathon Running for Research Team was participating in the event last April to raise funds for the nonprofit—but didn’t get a chance to cross the finish line, due to the detonation of two backpack-housed pressure-cooker bombs. This year, the MTF is fielding a team of at least three participants: Kathy Laskye, Kristen Lutz and Karen Moers.

The three runners—Kathy Borsuk, co-owner of Hillsborough Massage Therapy LLC; Les Sweeney, president of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP); and Tom Heidenberger, president and owner of Bon Vital’ Inc.—whose 2013 race was aborted by the terrorist attack, have also been invited to participate on the MTF’s team in 2014, according to a press release.

Laskye was selected by ABMP, and is a school liaison in the association’s education department. Lutz was selected by the American Massage Therapy Association, and is a massage therapist with a practice at One Mind Body Earth, in the heart of Boston’s Copley Square. Moers was selected by Massage Envy, and is a practicing massage therapist in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

MTF Development Manager Paul Slomski, who is managing the team, told MASSAGE Magazine that AMTA, ABMP and Massage Envy were given the opportunity to choose one runner each because all those organizations are national and “have a large reach and network to help us get the application [for runners] out and help us find candidates.”

Each year, John Hancock donates guaranteed running spots in the Boston Marathon to select nonprofits, which recruit runners to raise money for their causes. The 2013 MTF Running for Research Team raised $52,500.

Follow the 2014 team members, as they share their stories and track their progress on the MTF’s team page.

Related article: Massage Therapists Report from the Boston Tragedy

Read the press release here.

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