Holiday Edition 2023

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A Message From the Executive Director….

During these long days of approaching winter and the many holiday celebrations of light to come, reflect on the words attributed to Yoko Ono: A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.These words echo a catchphrase of the Boston Bulldogs Running Club -- in isolation we suffer, together we heal. 

Both are true. 

We are healthier and more ourselves in community than outside of it. Also, our individual “dreams” of recovery remain dreams until they are shared. Through community and fellowship, dreams become real.  

In my first few weeks with the Boston Bulldogs, I met a young woman in recovery who shared that her family, for the first time in many years, had begun to hope again for her future. They had been disappointed so many times before but the length and quality of her sobriety with the Boston Bulldogs was causing them to tentatively reassess—and cautiously embrace—the possibility of a future for their daughter. The dream is becoming real.

She and her family members are just some of the thousands who, over the years, have been touched by this extraordinary organization and its powerful mission. This small non-profit with a mighty reach promotes running, community, wellness and recovery and, in doing so, casts a great light upon the darkness of addiction, stigma and despair. 

This holiday season, we are especially thankful for the community of the Boston Bulldogs and to each of you who shares in our mission and help light up the darkness. 

Be well,


Editor's Note:

Boston Bulldogs and Jim Keane Featured in Yale Publication

This recent article by Timothy Cahill on the Yale Divinity School website is a great read and provides insight into the enthusiasm and passion of our Executive Director.

Meet the 2024 Marathon Team

We are thrilled to announce our official BAA/Bank of America Charity Team for the 2024 Boston Marathon! This year's team of 15 kindhearted warriors are gearing up to train together, and to raise awareness and much needed funds to support the Boston Bulldogs. Each has a story as inspiring as the next, including several Club members in recovery.

The Boston Bulldogs are excited to support all the miles and effort that will be put forth by this amazing team in the months ahead. We hope you will join us in cheering them along the way! Meet the team and follow their journey on our website and social media.

Save the Date

Put the 2024 Run for Recovery 5K & Tribute on your calendar for Sunday, May 19, 2024! We'll be gathering with members, family, friends and supporters at Franklin Park for the 9th annual event -- including the fantastic cross-country course, the Festival of Community organizations and businesses, and the Tribute to those who have been lost to addiction. Stay tuned for details and registration. Hope to see you there!

2024 Sponsorships

2024 Boston Bulldogs annual sponsorships for the Marathon Team and the Run for Recovery are available. Contact us if you have questions or would like more information about these sponsorship opportunities.

Run Show USA at the Hynes January 27-28

Please join us at Run Show USA at the Hynes Convention Center on 1/27-1/28. Stop in and say hello at booth K38. Don't forget to use the code BULLDOGS for complimentary entry (valid until 1/30/2024) See you there!

Event Highlights

Mikes 5K

On October 14, forty Boston Bulldogs along with 800 other runners gathered in Milton, MA for the 2023 Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse. Founded in loving memory of Michael Mulcahy, a former Boston Bulldog who died after a 10-year battle with addiction, the event seeks to erase stigma, spread awareness, strengthen treatment programs, and demonstrate the power of community and friendship in the battle against substance abuse. Since 2017, the race has raised more than $490,000 for programs fighting substance abuse including generous donations to the Boston Bulldogs Running Club.

Opioid Awareness

In September, the Boston Bulldogs placed 2,357 purple flags on the front lawn of Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Each flag represented one of the people lost to opioids this year in MA.

Vista Point Neighborhood Walk

Neighbors and friends in Pine Hills turned out on a beautiful Sunday morning in October for a neighborhood walk to support the Club. Several Boston Bulldogs including Coach, Jim Keane and Plymouth-chapter members were in attendance to talk about the Club and its impact on the community of Plymouth. Thanks again to these good neighbors!

Program Updates

Over a half-dozen members completed our Full Circle program this Fall by identifying and achieving wellness and recovery goals with the support of Boston Bulldog sponsors. We also welcomed two new Leaders--Mike and Barry--into our Leadership Program. The commitment to wellness and positive change we are witnessing every day has been incredibly rewarding to watch!

The Junior Bulldogs are keeping us young especially the kids from the Italian Home for Children in Roslindale, MA. We are visiting weekly to offer a wellness program full of running, activities, games, and crafts. They keep us on our toes, and we couldn't enjoy our time with them more!

On December 10th, the Giving Back program will be distributing food, clothing and needed toiletries to the homeless in and around Boston Common. On December 13th, we will be distributing warm clothing, gifts, and holiday cheer to the children of Algonquin Heights, a subsidized housing program in Plymouth, MA. 

Giving Back

Full Circle

New Leaders

Junior Bulldogs

Weekly Runs -- "Just show up!" 

Our weekly roundup runs in Chestnut Hill, Plymouth, Quincy and Needham-area "trail runs" are the highlight of every week! Members come together in community to share support, wellness tips, and miles. Runners and walkers of all levels are always welcome.

Check out our weekly run schedule on the website. The Boston Bulldogs are also participating in a number of local races and events - check the events calendar for details!

For additional information email [email protected].

Calling all Bulldogs!


Please consider joining the Club or renewing your current annual membership. Annual membership fees are $50 for individuals and $75 for households of 2 or more.

As always, if the annual fee is a hardship, please contact us or select the "sponsored membership" option on the application form.

Please also consider a donation to sponsor a member in recovery. Donations are used to pay for race fees, running gear, transportation and other support for members who need it.

A membership application form and description of benefits are on our website. Checks made payable to Boston Bulldogs Running Club can be mailed to:

Boston Bulldogs | 3 Village Green North #311 | PMB703 | Plymouth MA 02360

Thank you for your support of the Boston Bulldogs

and all these important programs

Your continued support of the Boston Bulldogs mission and programs have enabled us to build a safe and welcoming community for ALL those affected by addiction. Your donations directly support outreach efforts and such vital programs as membership sponsoring, weekly runs, Full Circle, Leadership, Giving Back and the Junior Bulldogs.


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