On April 19, 2010 – for the first time ever, narcolepsy was represented in the Boston Marathon. Wake Up Narcolepsy’s four runners completed the 114th Boston Marathon, raising awareness and research funds for narcolepsy, a disorder affecting 1 in 2,000 people worldwide.
The marathon team included Monica Gow, the mother of a child with narcolepsy, Julie Flygare, a woman with narcolepsy, along with supporters Crystal Ellis and Becky Polenski.
WUN’s runners trained with dedication through winter.
On Christmas Eve, Gow reported, “I am in Canada – an hour north of Montreal. Just ran 4 miles with tracks on my sneakers for traction on the snow-packed roads.”
By Marathon Monday, the four runners were excited and ready to take the 26.2 mile trek from Framingham, MA to downtown Boston. All four wore matching WUN gear, to be recognized by their fans and supporters along the route.
“Before, it was such a personal experience – having narcolepsy,” Flygare explained, “So to be able to do something about it, and have people cheering me on and caring about this cause, is just so exciting.”
All four runners finished the race in under 5 hours. Wake Up Narcolepsy hosted a post-marathon party at Back Bay’s Sonsie Restaurant to celebrate the major accomplishments of the individual runners and the collective organization. The runners raised over $30,000 for narcolepsy research.