John Combe, the foundation’s selected runner, is a clinical massage therapist and the owner of Combe’s Wellness Center in La Grande, Oregon. He has been running for lifestyle and health for the past 20 years.
Nathan Nordstrom, selected by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), is the therapeutic massage program director at Virginia College in Savannah, Georgia. Inspired by the success from his students during the challenge of a massage marathon, Nordstrom completed his first marathon in 2014.
Angie Parris-Raney, selected by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), is the director of strategic partnerships and advertising for ABMP in Golden, Colorado. While she has never run a marathon, Parris-Raney is a recreational runner and frequently hikes the Colorado mountain peaks at 14,000 feet.
For 30 years, John Hancock has been the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon. Each year, Hancock donates guaranteed running spots in the prestigious event to select nonprofits in order to raise money for their causes. The John Hancock Charity Bib program, together with the Boston Athletic Association’s Charity Program, enabled organizations to raise a historic $38.4 million dollars in 2014.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 Massage Therapy Foundation Running for Research Team is raising money and creating awareness over the next few months. The 2014 team raised a total of $60,510.
“The Massage Therapy Foundation is delighted to welcome our official Running For Research 2015 Team,” MTF President Jerrilyn Cambron said. “The 2014 team did an excellent job and raised more than the expected goal. Let’s see if the 2015 team can make it another great year!”
On April 20, 2015, the MTF team will join nearly 35,000 runners for the 119th Boston Marathon. The 26.2-mile route extends through Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston. The marathon ranks behind only the Super Bowl as the largest single-day sporting event in the world for media coverage.
Follow the 2015 team members as they share their stories and track their progress on the Massage Therapy Foundation team webpage.
About the Massage Therapy Foundation
The Massage Therapy Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity, has a mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education and community service. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.