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Coscia and Ramseth prepare to run in B.A.A. Half Marathon

By Staff | Sep 22, 2010

On Saturday, Oct. 10, Robert Coscia and Sandy Ramseth of Sanibel will be running in the 10th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, as members of the official Dana-Farber team.

Each Dana-Farber team member has committed to raise at least $500 for cancer care and research at world-renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The 2010 team fundraising goal is $450,000.

"Almost all of the runs we do are for organizations that are raising money or awareness of cancer," said Coscia, broker/owner of Sanibel One Source Realty. "Sandy lost her parents and a brother to cancer, and a number of people in my family have been impacted by breast cancer, so awareness really strikes home with both of us."

According to Coscia, he and Ramseth participate in 14 running events — the majority of which are half-marathons — every year. During the month of October, the pair will run in events staged in Massachussetts, Orlando and the F.I.S.H. 10K Race, the latter race they are also sponsoring.

“The B.A.A. Half Marathon enables Dana-Farber runners to challenge themselves while making a positive difference in the lives of adult and pediatric cancer patients worldwide,” said 1976 Boston Marathon winner Jack Fultz, training advisor to Dana-Farber’s Marathon and Running Programs.

The 13.1-mile rolling course is an out-and-back loop that runs along the Emerald Necklace park system. It will begin and end in White Stadium in Boston’s Franklin Park. The event attracts a field of 6,000 runners, including world-class athletes.

Coscia understands that the difference in climate between Boston and Sanibel is vast. However, by training in a warm weather area, they do have a few advantages.

"We’re training in battlefield conditions here. Except for having no hills, the best place to get ready for a race is here," he added. "We were running in San Francisco with shin splints… it took us about 30 minutes to get used to running up and down those hills."

The B.A.A. Half Marathon is one of three annual events that connect the Boston Athletic Association and Dana-Farber. The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk is the only walk sanctioned to take place along the historic marathon route and the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge includes a team of Dana-Farber runners who participate in the Boston Marathon each April.

Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have partnered with the B.A.A. in the Half Marathon for eight years, enabling team members to raise more than $2.2 million to fuel lifesaving discoveries.

To support Coscia and Ramseth running in the BAA Half Marathon, visit www.RunDanaFarber.org/BAAHalf and make a pledge.