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Boston Marathon

April 17, 2023

Become part of a dedicated community committed to rebuilding the lives of people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Funds raised will support a multitude of services at St. Francis House including supplying food, housing services, clothing, workforce development training, medical care, and more to those who need it most. By providing refuge and pathways to stability, we come together to help those we serve to achieve renewed lives of dignity and self-determination.

Apply to be part of our 2023 team here.

Space is limited. Top consideration will be given to those applicants who make a fundraising commitment above the required $10,000 minimum and who provide detailed fundraising plans to support their commitment. Qualified runners who secured a bib on their own through the Boston Athletic Association are also welcome to join our team.

Questions? Please contact Tracy O’Leary at

St. Francis House is proud to be an official Partner of John Hancock in its Marathon Non-Profit Program. Through this program, John Hancock helps foster healthier, more equitable communities by annually donating 1,000 Boston Marathon® entries to select non-profit organizations who use them for fundraising. Last year, John Hancock Non-Profit Runners raised $11.7M for their causes.


Last year we worked with three amazing Team SFH Runners who we collaborate with through social media and event promotions to meet a $10,000 fundraising goal per person.

Meet our 2022 Boston Marathon Runners

Lindsay Belair

Lindsay, born and raised in Lenox, Mass, has had a passion for running since she was seven years old. After running on her high school Cross Country and Track team for six years, Lindsay took her love for running to Boston, where she studied Public Relations and Marketing at Suffolk University. A recent graduate of Suffolk, Lindsay now works as a Marketing Associate at Verte Agency. In a class her freshman year, Lindsay was asked to write down a few long-term goals, one of which she wrote: “To run the Boston Marathon.” Coupled with her love for running, she also aims to help those in need. Hundreds of miles and $10,000 later, Lindsay has accomplished one of her dreams, and is so grateful to have had the support of St. Francis House along the way.

Marlene O’Donnell

Marlene first started seriously running as a participant in an exercise/nutrition study at BU. As a member of the running club Heartbreak Hill Striders, she has enjoyed the new friendships she’s created while running. Running has taught Marlene that if she makes a plan and has options, she can reach her goal. While running, she tries to listen to her breath, her feet hitting the ground and observes the meditative movements. She focuses on thing at a time, one mile at a time.

This marathon is important to Marlene because she is hoping to make a difference and help the Boston community. If she could offer encouragement to the men and women who come to St. Francis House, she would tell them that everyone has challenges and obstacles, yes, but believe every day is a gift.

Tolu Oke

Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Tolu moved to the US to study Physics and Mechanical Engineering. After college, she worked in Boston at an office located on Boylston Street, which provided her a front row view to the euphoric last stretch of the Boston Marathon. Despite not being a runner up until this point, the sight of the finish line inspired Tolu to take up the sport herself. Later that year, she went on her first run of 0.73 miles before working her way up to 5k’s, 10k’s, triathlons, half-marathons, and marathons, with the ultimate goal of running in Boston. Tolu is a former St. Francis House volunteer who is combining her passion for running and her passion for service by running on behalf of St. Francis House. Other than running, Tolu’s hobbies include walking, biking, hiking, traveling and reading. In anticipation for the big run, she says she is “Thankful to God for the ability to move, for nature, and for the great joy He gives me through these and other activities.”


April 17, 2023


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Copley Square
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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