Santa Monica Runner To Take Part In Challenge Team At Boston Marathon

Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014, 8:59:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Julie Weiss passes the finish line of the California International Marathon in Sacramento December 5, 2010.
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Julie Weiss passes the finish line of the California International Marathon in Sacramento December 5, 2010.

Santa Monica native Julie Weiss will run to conquer cancer as a

member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team in the 118th Boston

Marathon on April 21.

Weiss, along with more than 700 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge

teammates from across the United States and around the world, will run

Massachusetts’ historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston with a

goal to raise $5.3 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer


This year marks the 25th annual running of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge.

One hundred percent of the money raised by the Dana-Farber Marathon

Challenge team funds Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in

Innovative Basic Cancer Research.

The Barr Program supports cornerstone science research in its

earliest stages, providing researchers with critical resources to test

their leading-edge ideas.

Findings from Barr Program research can provide the results necessary

to seek additional federal funding as well as novel clinical insights.

Since its inception in 1990, the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge has

raised more than $61 million for the Barr Program. Dana-Farber Trustees

J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver founded the Barr Program in 1987 to

honor Mrs. Weaver’s mother, Claudia Adams Barr, who lost her battle with

cancer 30 years earlier.

In 1990, Dana-Farber was among the first charity organizations to be

recognized by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A), which organizes

the Boston Marathon.

The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team offers its members extensive

fundraising support, training guidance from 1976 Boston Marathon men’s

champion Jack Fultz, and team training runs, plus volunteer

opportunities for non-runners.

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners who are not time-qualified for

the Boston Marathon receive an invitational entry into the race.

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners include cancer survivors and

patients, and family and friends of those who have been affected by


Runners of all abilities participate with the goal to help put an end

to cancer. Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team members must meet one of

the following fundraising commitments:

Invitational runners, runners who receive their entry from Dana-Farber, have a fundraising commitment of $4,000.

Own entry runners, runners who have joined the DFMC after obtaining

their own race entry, have a fundraising commitment of $3,500.

To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, go online to or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at 617.632.1970 or

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