April 22, 2009
On Monday, April 20th, several Harvard Law School students ran in the 113th Boston Marathon, competing with more than 23,000 other athletes from around the world.
HLS participants included Colleen Harrison ’10 (3:08:19), Andrew Klaber ’10 (3:40:08), Patrick Tierney ’10 (3:20:34), Phumlani Ngcongo ’09 (3:02:00), Philipp Fischer ’09 (3:07:48) and Amy Sennett ’11 (3:23:58).
As president of the HLS Running Club, Harrison organized several runs leading up to the marathon. This is Harrison’s fourth marathon, and her second time running Boston. Sennett qualified for the Boston Marathon based on her time in a marathon in Shanghai.
Klaber ran the marathon as a fundraiser for two charities: Orphans Against AIDS, which provides more than 500 children, who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, with academic scholarships, basic health care and decent nutrition across 10 projects in 7 countries; and The Esplanade Association, which restores and maintains Boston’s Charles River Esplanade. He raised more than $15,000 for his charities.
Philipp Fischer ’09 ran for the Dana-Farber Charity, to benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research.
The Boston Marathon, founded in 1897, is the world’s oldest annual marathon. At 26.2 miles, the race begins in rural Hopkinton and ends in Boston’s Copley Square. The race is open to all runners from around the world who have met designated time standards corresponding to their age group. The 2009 Boston Marathon attracted approximately 500,000 spectators on Patriot’s Day.