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Nathan Nordstrom's Marathon story
As a member of the Medical team for the Rock and Roll Marathon Savannah I pressed hard to complete my first ever Marathon in November 2014. At mile twelve I was cheered on by Crystal Montgomery one of my graduates from the Virginia College massage therapy program who I called and asked to be there to provide emergency cramp relief for runners. Each mile ticked away reminding me of the massage student at the end helping people who are sore and in need. I was committed to complete this enduring encounter because of a challenge twelve months ago.
“There are over 50,000 runners going to be at this event. If you all work hard you will be able to affect many of their lives. Many of them will not want to walk for the next few days. As Massage therapists, we can help them reduce the effect of the trauma their muscles have just endured. I challenge you all to get over two hundred and fifty, ten minute chair massages in at this event. IF you do, I will run next year’s Rock and Roll Marathon.”
I rallied the troops that day and in their frenzy they completed over three hundred and seventy massages to runners in need. I then began a years’ worth of training. I knew it would not be easy, however many of the students in my Massage Therapy program like Crystal continued to follow up with me in my commitment. There were many days it would have been nice to sleep in and not run however I heard my own words ringing through my head, I will run next year’s Marathon. As I reached the finish line, I saw a beautiful sight. It was the Virginia College-Savannah Campus Massage therapy program’s instructors and students supporting runners at the medical tent. I then waited to be the last person on the massage tables. I was so grateful for the years of volunteering at these and many other events.
I have not stopped running. I have been donating to The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) for years. I was asked in my single year of training if I would raise funds for MTF by running in the Boston Marathon. I was not anywhere close to the qualifying time to make it. I decided to apply in October of 2014. I was notified just after the New Year that I got one of the three John Hancock bibs.
I am asking for your help and support. Massage therapy as a profession needs research to show it is a viable health care profession. If you are an LMT, a student in massage therapy school, or an avid client, Please donate to this cause. I hope to find 2000 people like you to donate a minimum of $15 to help move this profession forward.
Massage Therapy Foundation Inc wrote -
Team Massage Therapy Foundation - Running For Research
Massage therapists play a big role in the Boston Marathon by helping athletes at all levels prepare and recover from this great event. We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in the John Hancock Non-Profit Bib Program to bring more awareness to the benefits of massage and the need for more massage research funding.Each of the runners that will be on Team Massage Therapy Foundation is related to massage industry in some capacity. We look forward to announcing our team in January and appreciate your continued support.
Thank you so much for your contribution to the Massage Therapy Foundation, no refunds will be given on your donation.