At the sound of the starting gun on Monday morning, an estimated 27,000 athletes will take off from the starting line in the 117th Boston Marathon.

Three of those athletes will be competing on behalf of the Massage Therapy Foundation: Kathy Borsuk, co-owner of Hillsborough Massage Therapy LLC; Les Sweeney, president of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals; and Tom Heidenberger, president and owner of Bon Vital’ Inc.

More than $50,000 has been raised by the team so far.

Contributions to support the Team Massage Therapy Foundation Running for Research may be made until 11:59 p.m. EST on April 15.Contribute at

The Massage Therapy Foundation supports scientific research, education, and community service in the massage therapy profession.

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