JAF Team gets back to the streets between Hopkinton to Boston

Taking back the streets from Hopkinton to Boston, Team JAF’s 21 athletes stepped out in full force, successfully completing the 126th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18!  The sun was shining, the music was pumping, and spirits were high at JAF’s cheer station.  While the training routes were long and challenging leading up to this legendary marathon, on this Monday, the roads were lined only with well-wishers and cheerleaders championing the resilient Team JAF runners many of whom were competing for the first time and all of whom carried their own personal inspirations.

Herb Prew proudly cheering on his son JAF Team runner Mike Prew

“It’s an emotional day,” said Herb Prew whose son, Mike, is a member of Team JAF. “He’s running for his mother who we just lost this year to cancer.  We’re so excited to be here to cheer him on and be a part of the JAF family.  We are so proud of Mike.”

Frank Rispoli was also with his family at JAF’s cheer station to watch his son, Nick, cruise through.  “We’re so proud of him for taking on this challenge and for such a great cause.”  Indeed, this was Nick’s first-ever marathon, and he ran a solid pace being among the first runners to reach the JAF camp at mile 17.

Frank Rispoli was also with his family at JAF’s cheer station to watch his son, Nick

A sincere thank you goes out to all our Team JAF athletes – Lauren Arbeiter, Keri Blanchard, Casey Bradley, James Cole, Erin Columbare, Scott Conroy, Diana Garvin, Erin Gettys, Nolan Greene, Julie Moore, John Ponte, Michael Prew, Muzaffar Qazilbash, Nick Rispoli, David Santoro, Laura Schulz, Jordan Smith, Bart Stires, Todd Texeira, Celia Westbrook, and of course, JAF President and CEO Jen Andruzzi – for their months of training and hard work, and their steadfast commitment to the JAF mission. JAF’s Marathon team turned 11 years old this year, Marathon runners raised more than $291,000 for patients and their families!


On the Saturday before the Marathon, Team JAF athletes met at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Boston’s Back Bay, where they resumed their traditional pre-race pasta dinner after taking a year off due to the pandemic. There, a few of our athletes received special Team JAF superlatives. This year’s winners are:

John Ponte AND Bart Stires as Top Fundraisers for their unwavering commitment to raise money for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation as a member of Team JAF.
Erin Columbare as Spirit Award winner for the runner who best represents an (Up)Beat attitude and dedication to JAF’s mission throughout Marathon season.
Emily Gettys as Best JAF Ambassador Award winner for the runner who’s shown the most dedication to increasing awareness of the JAF mission throughout Marathon season.
Michael Prew as the Unsung Hero Award winner for the Team JAF runner who best displays passion, perseverance, and determination throughout Marathon season.

JAF’s success isn’t possible without the talented organizations and individuals who generously gave their time or resources to the Foundation to help Team JAF conquer the finish line. They are:

John Hancock Non-Profit Program, B.A.A, and all the marathon volunteers.
CharityTeamsSusan Hurley, Patrick McMahon and Rebecca Brown and their official photographer, Bud Morton Photography for your unwavering support!
JAF patient inspirations – Julio, Jennifer, and Malia.
Boston T-Party for hosting a fundraising event to support ALL our runners and in memory of their friend “T” who loved Marathon Monday most of all.
New Balance for donating the AMAZING runner apparel!
Davios Northern Italian Steakhouse for hosting our annual pasta dinner.
The Jimmy Fund’s Lisa Scherber and their patients for creating cheer signs.
Stacey Howard Photography as JAF’s official photographer.
Brae Burn Country Club
617 Wedding & Events and DJ Julio Sanabia, Honey Dew Donuts, Zen WTR, DMSE Sports, Miller’s Famous Roast Beef and all our ‘cheerleaders’ for helping us to create the best cheer station for runner families!
Marathon Sports and Star Market for supplying aid to fuel runners throughout the season and to the JAF water stop volunteers who were out in all-weather to support our athletes!

If you couldn’t watch the Marathon in-person this year, check out our Facebook photo album (below) for the best moments of the 2022 race.

Once again, thank you to all our dedicated runners, donors, and supporters who helped make Team JAF’s journey to the finish line on Boylston Street a big success. If you still wish to donate, we will be accepting them until May 20. Click here to support an athlete!

2022 Team JAF Boston Marathon Runner Spotlights

JEN ANDRUZZI:  Foundation CEO to Run in Memory of Grant Recipient and Marathon Runner

JAMES COLE:  Right Timing for Boston Native to Run Marathon

LAURA SCHULZ:  With Her Own Parents in Mind, Team JAF Runner Asks Others to Donate a Mile of the Race to a Cancer Warrior

JORDAN SMITH: Team JAF Runner Takes Leap of Faith in First Marathon

BART STIRES:  Runner Honors Mother’s Lesson of Giving Back



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