I'm running the 2013 Boston Marathon with...

... Tedy's Team!! Ahh I cannot tell you all how excited I am to have the chance to be a part of such an amazing group. This amazing organization has a limited number of race bibs for the 2013 Boston Marathon and I am honored enough to have one!

As stated on their website, Tedy's Team is raising money and awareness on behalf of the American Stroke Association:

Tedy asked the American Stroke Association to work with him to create “Tedy’s Team,” a group of runners raising money for the American Stroke Association and training to complete the Boston Marathon® and the Falmouth Road Race.  Their participation supports Tedy Bruschi’s fight against stroke and honors both the survivors and the loved ones lost to America’s No. 4 leading cause of death.

In addition to the dollars being raised, an equally important issue for Tedy's Team is the increase in awareness of stroke and recognition of its warning signs. Tedy’s Team is striving to reach as many people as possible in its message of recognizing the warning signs and acting appropriate when seeing them -- calling 9-1-1 immediately.

I have a strong personal connection to strokes as both of my grandparents are stroke survivors as well as my wife's father.

So I am looking forward to doing anything I can to help with this fight.

Tedy's Team requires each participant raise $5,000 in order to take part in the 2013 Boston Marathon.

I already have $1,000 raised through The Dani Holmes-Kirk 1st Annual 30th Birthday Run-Walk Ramble and will start additional fundraising next week ... so be ready for that! ;)

I cannot wait to meet the team in mid-November and begin training runs shortly after that!

We are 180 days away from the Boston Marathon...

As a born and raised Bostonian, I am truly looking forward to taking part in this historical run. My dad ran the 100th Boston Marathon and now I am continuing the tradition.

That means a lot to me, but more than that - I am helping a worthy cause that holds a dear place in my heart.

Despite being just 17 days out from the Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Full Marathon, I am already thinking about the fun I will have working with and training with Tedy's Team over the next 5-plus months.

I'm ready for one wild ride... :)