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Connecting the Miles... ConnectEDU and The 2012 Boston Marathon


On April 16th 2012, 26,656 runners of all ages and backgrounds ran in the 116th Boston Marathon.

These athletes endured the 26.2 mile trip from Hopkinton to Copley Square in scorching heat, with highs almost reaching 90 degrees. Despite this fact, 95.6% of all the athletes running finished the race, but they didn't do it alone.

Athletes train for months to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the race - everything from diet, to organizing and maintaining running schedules, injury prevention or rehabilitation, travel, raising funding, and more. The discipline and commitment necessary to undertake such a feat parallels the devotion a student must exert to excel at their education, and inevitably their career. 

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Cullen Winkler | ConnectEDU

Apart from the tremendous dedication and perseverance on behalf of the runners, their efforts were bolstered by the thousands of volunteers and half a million fans who lined up to provide water, medical treatment, and vocal support. Similarly, students will depend on a variety of family members, mentors, and friends to help them navigate their education and career pathway: extra help such as tutoring, counseling, advising college and/or career placement, and simply providing motivation and encouragement, are all critical at various times along the journey.

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Cullen Winkler | ConnectEDU

The importance of this support is illustrated by the health and wellness of the athletes Monday: an estimated 2,500 people were treated. Medical practitioners and public service officials collaboratively ensured that despite near-record setting heat there were no fatalities throughout the day. Having this safety net in place is critical to allowing athletes to push themselves to reach their full potential.

Technology was another crucial aspect of the race’s success and it was leveraged in a variety of ways. Computer chip timing devices inside participants’ bibs were used to track the athletes, providing real-time updates so spectators could locate family and friends. Real-time, accurate data is also at the center of ConnectEDU. More transparency enables students and those who support them to reach their full potential.

Last but not least, over $15 million dollars was raised for charity by John Hancock’s nonprofit bib program alone, and an estimated $137.5 million dollars was generated in the Greater Boston Area’s economy throughout the week of the race. Financial planning and awareness is critical for the event's and runners' success.

As a student or a professional financial planning is something you simply cannot afford to overlook.

Boston Marathon 2012

Cullen Winkler | ConnectEDU

ConnectEDU is very proud to have registered participants in the 2012 Boston Marathon, and we would like to congratulate the stellar efforts of both Ted Fischer and Erik Peterson – great job team!


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