At the 118th Boston Marathon – Monday, April 21st – Robert Jangro, an Associate with our JLL downtown Boston Brokerage team, will be running his 2nd marathon for the 2nd year in a row. Bobby ran his 1st marathon last year, only to cross the finish line moments before the tragic events. As the world knows, this year’s race is sure to be a memorable one and we will be cheering him on towards his approach to the finish line supporting MassGeneral Hospital (MGH) for Children. After a conversation with Bobby, we hope that you will be a supporter as well:
Why did you decide to run a marathon?
My initial reason was for a physical challenge. As I became more involved with MGH for Children, it became more rewarding to run for the cause versus trying to compete with myself. I had never been a serious runner, so preparing for a 16 mile run in the middle of February – with a foot of snow on the ground – was a lot easier knowing that patients in need count on my fundraising.
How did you get involved in your charity?
My mother has been affiliated with MGH for a long time. Her involvement was not with the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology unit, but I remember making trips to the hospital when I was very young. The doctors, nurses and staff were very good to my family, so it was an easy decision to get involved with the MGH Marathon Team when I pursued charities.
You just finished the marathon last year before the tragic events that took place. How is that effecting your running this year?
It is going to be a very special year to run the marathon. Last year’s events were definitely something I will carry with me for the rest of my life. My mother, who was a spectator at the finish line last year, will be running the marathon with me this year. It will be a special day for the City of Boston and I am looking forward to it very much.
How is your training going?
This has been a much tougher winter to train compared to last year. Early morning runs around Castle Island are far less enjoyable when you’re hurdling snowbanks and trying not to injure yourself on ice. I learned a few things from training last year that have helped significantly this year.
Please visit Bobby’s donation page for MassGeneral Hospital (MGH) for Children Marathon Team to pledge your support for MGH, children, a Boston tradition, the sport of running…and of course Bobby and his Mom!