On Sunday, Sept. 8, nine residents from North Adams and Pittsfield will walk up to 26.2 miles along the historic Boston Marathon route in the 25th anniversary of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, presented by Hyundai.
Local residents are Kathy Arabia, Alyssa Marceau, Robin Meyer, Morgan Michaels, Catherine Record and Alison Tassone from North Adams; and Elaine Kalinowsky, Amy Rachiele and Shaun Tierney from Pittsfield.
They will be among the 8,500 walkers expected to participate with the collective goal of raising more than $7 million to support life-saving adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund.
Participants may choose to walk one of four routes: the 26.2-mile Hopkinton to Boston route, the 13.1-mile Babson to Boston route, the 5-mile Boston College route, or the 3-mile route from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to the Copley Square Finish. Those unable to participate on event day can become "Virtual Walkers" and raise funds for the event. All walkers must raise a minimum of $300, and walkers 12 years old and younger have a fundraising minimum of $100. Pacesetters raise $1,500 or more.
To register for the walk, to support a walker, or to volunteer, visit www.JimmyFund Walk.org or call (866) 531-9255. Registrants can enter the discount code NEWS for $5 off the registration fee.