Tempe athlete to run Boston Marathon four times consecutively
Tempe resident Henry Ward will be running one of the world’s most prestigious and toughest marathons on April 15 and unlike most people, he won’t be doing it just once. He will be doing it four times in a row.
And he won’t be doing it just because he can. He’s doing it to help people recover from their addictions.
Watch his story in this video: https://youtu.be/4nSN3vgRi8U
The Boston Marathon is considered one of the world’s most prestigious marathons. People must qualify with a fast time at a previous marathon to be able to participate. The course is challenging and the weather can be fierce, with strong winds and rain – and sometimes even blizzards.
Athletes call running the course four times in a day “the Boston Quad.” It’s 104.8 miles. Last year, Ward finished the last of his marathons in less than five hours – ahead of more than 7,000 other people.
Running is part of Henry Ward's daily life. It's more than exercise to him. It's a tool that has helped him stay sober for more than 10 years.
Today, Ward coaches others in recovery while raising money and awareness for RunWell, an organization that helps people battle addiction through physical fitness and provides funds for rehabilitation for those who need it. Ward raised more than $12,000 for the organization while racing in Patagonia and he hasn’t stopped helping since. He is one of about 20 national ambassadors for RunWell, people who emulate a healthy, sober lifestyle while helping others.
Ward will be in his hometown of Boston on April 15 to once again challenge the course with his back to back to back to back runs. His warm-up will consist of three marathons, saving the famous 30,000 person race for his big finish.
Ward is an example of the types of amazing, caring, brave residents who are part of our community. Our neighbors, businesses and visitors have amazing stories. They are making waves in the desert. You can support Ward by contributing to Runwell at runwell.com or cheer him on with a note on Facebook. If you’d like to watch Ward run the Boston Marathon, there are several viewing options: https://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/watch/tv-coverage.
Below: Henry Ward sometimes trains at Kiwanis Park, which is near his Tempe home.