White Mountain School graduate Nate Semiao ’06 was an avid cyclist at WMS and later in college. Now he’s taking up marathon running and helping out not one, but two charities as he trains.
Nate and his girlfriend Meghan McIver are preparing for the world’s oldest annual marathon, the Boston Marathon. They are running in support of the Lenny Zakim Fund and have planned a fund-raising event at The Mountain Club at Loon Mountain from Friday, March 21st to Sunday, March 23rd.
Nate and Meghan’s event will include a dinner with famed runner Bill Rodgers, cooking demonstrations, discounted skiing and spa services, silent and live auctions with Boston sports team memorabilia, and much more.
Boston’s late civil rights leader, Lenny Zakim, founded the charity in 1995. The LZF “believes positive social change can be created by small, effective, grassroots organizations that are often overlooked by large foundations, government agencies, and major donors. That is why it is our mission to identify, listen to, support and connect grassroots community organizations and programs operating “below the radar screen” of large charitable groups and government grants.”
Nate and Meghan are six weeks out from their marathon debut. When asked about their training program Nate said, “we do our long runs on Saturday mornings by serving as mentors with the Dream Far organization. Dream Far helps Boston-area high school students reach their full potential by training for and running the Providence, Rhode Island marathon. The kids motivate us to get up and get through our long runs on the weekend!”
Nate was on campus last weekend to visit faculty, as he does several times a year. He had this to say about his WMS experience and where he is today:
“I learned at WMS that finding a positive way to engage with your community is just as good for you as for the community. Getting involved with the Lenny Zakim Fund and Dream Far has forced Meghan and I to do and learn things we otherwise wouldn’t have. We’ve also gotten to know the city of Boston and made a lot of new friends and contacts in the process.”
Good luck on April 21st, Nate and Meghan!