The 18th Annual Martha’s run will be held in april, 2014.
Martha’s Run celebrates the heroic life of FBI Special Agent Martha Dixon, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This event is The Martha Fund’s primary fundraiser and donations are used to serve children by building or renovating playgrounds in Martha’s memory. We look forward to you joining us for the run!
Martha’s Run and The Martha Fund Update
The Martha Fund is celebrating an eventful 2013. The 2013 Martha’s Run was successful in many ways. More runners registered than in any prior year. We introduced an online presence to streamline some functions, and incorporated many more sponsors who support our mission. Sadly, we also lost a hero of another kind, Martha’s mother. Please see our Memorial Page for Mary Dixon, who will be missed dearly, but who has reunited with Martha and our dad, Ken.
In continued recognition of the 40th Anniversary of Female FBI Agents, the FBI remembered Martha and Robin Ahrens—the only two female agents killed in the line of duty—during the Police Unity Tour in May. Three ambitious FBI agents who knew Martha in their early careers enlisted sponsorship of agents across the country, trained through the winter, and on May 8 biked from the battered Jersey Shore to Delran, NJ, then onto Atlantic City and Lewes, DE. From there they biked to Annapolis to meet up with other chapters of the PUT and all 1300 bikers rode in unity to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall of Honor. Laurie, Heather and Kate kept Martha’s and Robin’s pictures on their bikes at all times, and literally Martha and Robin had their back! See pictures for proof.
Their time at the wall was emotional and gratifying. They laid a wreath for each of their fallen sisters. Laurie had this to say to the family following the PUT:
“219 miles and 3 states! We will never forget what they gave for us and this country! I felt them standing right next to us at the memorial. One on each side! I knew then they were with us the whole time…awesome feeling!”
Their fundraising and selfless sacrifice of time and effort resulted in very generous donations to The Martha Fund and to the Robin Ahrens Scholarship Fund.
Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Laurie McDonough, Kate Kelly, and Heather Hendershot for your donation and tribute to your fallen friend. It is this unity of spirit and effort to sustain Martha’s memory and legacy that actually sustains us as well.
Thanks also to the Galloway Township PUT riders who also ride with Martha’s spirit guiding their way each year. Kevin was lucky enough to meet up with both teams on May 9th.
The Martha Fund Board and Martha’s family appreciates the expressed support of all who are affiliated with The Martha Fund and Martha’s Run: runners, walkers, run volunteers, sponsors and donors. Another event this summer resulted in a sizable sum of donations in recognition of a family member’s wedding. In lieu of wedding gifts, this family requested donations to The Martha Fund. They linked to our website and donations were made online. What a tribute and lasting memory. End of the year donations are welcome, as are donations above your registration fees for Martha’s Run. Your donations are fully tax deductible and totally used for playground projects. We are volunteers and this is a labor of love.
Look for some new elements of Martha’s Run this year, including a gradual move to online registration for the majority of runners and walkers. If you have received a registration in the mail in the past, you are now asked to register online once the registration link opens. Please provide an email for purposes of keeping in touch, never for marketing. Paper registrations will be distributed in limited instances, such as Mt. Lebanon Magazine.
The end of Nov. is a mix of emotions with the anniversary of the shooting and Thanksgiving. We cannot shake this tragedy that still affects us 19 years later, but we are grateful for much. As we count our blessings, please know that you and your family are among them.
We are grateful for your support, and hope to see you in April, 2014.
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Thank you for your support of last year’s Martha’s Run. With the help of many volunteers, sponsors and your participation, Martha’s Run 2013 was a huge success. Results are posted at www.runhigh.com
Congratulations to 2013 Martha’s Run Overall Winners Alphonsus Suravicz and Debbie Conner.
Congratulations as well to Law Enforcement Division Winners: Gregory Schiller and Soo Song. For those runners who were not able to stay to pick up their awards on Saturday, your awards will be available at Fleet Feet Sports any time during business hours from Saturday morning, April 20 through Sunday, April 28. Fleet Feet is located at 1751 North Highland Road, Pittsburgh 15241, in Norman Center II, just off Washington Road. This will permit runners to pick up their awards not only during the day, but also in the evenings and on weekends. For store hours: fleetfeetpittsburgh.com