News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 29, 2018
Local racer raises funds for firefighters

Maggie Stack

Maggie Stack holds hands with her two sisters (obscured) as she crosses the finish line of the 2015 Boston Marathon.

Photo courtesy of Maggie Stack

by Faith DeAmbrose

In 2012 Maggie Stack thought about running the Boston Marathon and in 2013 she did. Well, almost. That was the year of the marathon bombing and she wasn’t able to complete it. She was stopped a half-mile from the finish line in a situation she could only call “confusing” at first.

Later Stack, who now lives in Blue Hill, would learn the reason she had been stopped and out of that was born “a deep desire to do something to help.”

Three weeks later she ran a marathon in Cleveland, Ohio. Her sister completed the half marathon, and they crossed the finish line of the half marathon together before Maggie went on to complete the second half. Two years later, she and two sisters completed another marathon and that is when the fundraising began. That year the sisters raised $12,000 for the Heather Abbot Foundation.

In 2016, Stack raised $16,000 for the Last Call Foundation and in 2017 she again raised approximately $15,000 for the Last Call Foundation.

The Last Call Foundation, which “provides funding, education and research to advance the safety needs of the firefighting community,” according to the nonprofit’s website, is one that has resonated most for Stack.

“Before I learned of the bombing, I saw firetrucks and emergency vehicles heading [toward the finish line]. I hadn’t given much thought to the job [of firefighter],” she said, adding that the experience gave her a new perspective as well as a desire to support “the people that keep us safe all the time.”

Stack is preparing to again run the Boston Marathon. The money raised for the Monday, April 16, race will again go to the Last Call Foundation. As of March 16, Stack has raised $4,420.

Those wishing to donate can do so through the website or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 1652, Blue Hill, ME 04614. Checks should be made to Last Call Foundation.