Left to right: Kelly Cartus, Shari Aldrich, Rich Evonitz (kneeling), Oliver Layco, the day before the race.

(Evanston, Ill., November 4, 2021) The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) announces that each of its 2021 Boston Marathon Running For Research team members — Shari Aldrich, Kelly Cartus, Rich Evonitz, and Oliver Layco – have all finished this year’s historic race on October 11, 2021. Collectively, MTF and its runners have raised $52,518. Thanks to the support from Premier Sponsor, American Massage Therapy Association; Supporting Sponsor, Elements Massage; and hundreds of donors.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Boston Marathon was postponed from its customary April date to October 11, 2021. 

Team MTF – Running for Research has raised funds and created awareness for the Massage Therapy Foundation over the past eight years participating in the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program, raising a total of $445,498. “We celebrate our runners who have strongly stepped up during this challenging year. MTF eagerly moves forward to continue supporting the massage therapy profession and strengthen its future with free resources of research, education, and community service. MTF is deeply honored to be a part of this prestigious event,” says Robin Anderson, MTF President.

Shari Aldrich, Tumwater, Wash., is a Washington State Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of the Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage, Tumwater, Wash., where she is a massage therapy educator. She has run four marathons to date.

Kelly Cartus, Williamsville, N.Y., is a New York State and Nationally Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist. She is certified in Sports Massage, SportStretch USA and a massage educator at New York Institute of Massage, Buffalo, N.Y. October’s race in Boston was her second marathon.

Left to right: Rich Evonitz, Oliver Layco, Shari Aldrich, Kelly Cartus. Post-race with medals!

Rich Evonitz, Skokie, Ill., a corporate attorney at Delta Dental Plan Association, believes that evidence-based research is supportive of health and wellness. He has run seven marathons, including the recent Boston race.

Oliver Layco, Sacramento, Calif., is a Certified Massage Therapist in California and Neuromuscular Therapist with previous experience as an emergency medical technician. He has run 12 marathons to date.

For 35 years, John Hancock has been the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon®. Each year John Hancock donates guaranteed running spots in the prestigious Boston Marathon to select nonprofits in order to raise money for their causes. The Massage Therapy Foundation is proud to be an official partner of John Hancock in the Marathon Non-Profit Program. The Non-Profit Program provides over 1,000 Boston Marathon bibs to select non-profit organizations, which provides organizations with a significant fundraising opportunity.

About the Massage Therapy Foundation

The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity supporting scientific research, education, and community service for the massage therapy profession. The Foundation founded and publishes an open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal and provides educational resources for massage therapists, educators, and students. MTF is an independent organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, resources, training, and services.

For more information contact:
Gini Ohlson, Executive Director, 847.905.1520