Massage Therapy Foundation Selects Team of Runners for 2014 Boston Marathon, MASSAGE MagazineThe Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) has announced its 2014 Boston Marathon Running for Research Team. The runners are: Kathy Laskye, Kristen Lutz and Karen Moers.

Laskye, selected by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), is a school liaison in the ABMP education department. Lutz, selected by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), is a board-certified licensed massage therapist with a practice at One Mind Body Earth (OMBE) in the heart of Boston’s Copley Square. Moers, selected by Massage Envy, is a practicing massage therapist in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

For 29 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, which recruit runners to raise money for their cause. Last year, John Hancock nonprofit runners raised a record-breaking $7.9 million for more than 146 different local organizations. The company’s continued support of the Boston Athletic Association, which has directed the race since 1897, ensures that the race will continue to be a world-class event and an important facet of Boston’s culture and heritage.

The MTF Running for Research Team is raising money and creating awareness for the MTF over the next four months. The 2013 MTF Running for Research Team raised a total of $52,500. Follow the 2014 team members, as they share their stories and track their progress, on the Massage Therapy Foundation team Web page.

MTF President Ruth Werner said, “The Massage Therapy Foundation is delighted to welcome our official Running For Research 2014 Team. Our 2013 team was among the leading fundraisers for organizations of our size; let’s see if the 2014 team can outdo them!”

Because of last year’s tragic events at the finish line, all of the charity runners who were unable to finish have been invited to run again. On April 21, 2014, the MTF 2013 and 2014 teams will join nearly 35,000 runners for the 118th Boston Marathon in Massachusetts. The 26.2-mile route extends from Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline and Boston. The Boston Marathon ranks behind only the Super Bowl as the largest single-day sporting event in the world for media coverage.

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