Boston Marathon | West Suburban YMCA

The West Suburban YMCA Runs Boston

Meet our 2021 Boston Marathon Runners!

CONGRATULATIONS to Josh Downes and Josh Cooper on completing the 125th Boston Marathon and crushing their fundraising goals! 

$15,300+ collectively raised for the Y's Annual Fund, supporting financial assistance and life-changing Y programs and services.

Josh Downes - Finish Time: 4:30:15

Josh Cooper - Finish Time: 4:49:11

We are thrilled to receive a Boston Marathon invitational bib from the City of Newton, as well as one additional bib number donated by a generous YMCA supporter, for two runners to train for the 2021 Boston Marathon while raising funds for the West Suburban YMCA. This year's event will take place on Monday, October 11, 2021. 

This year, Josh Cooper and Josh Downes will wear the West Suburban YMCA’s bibs, and run the historic route from Hopkinton to Boston. Not only do they get this unique opportunity to participate in one of the most selective marathons in the country during a one-of-a-kind fall rescheduling of the event, but they are also giving back at the same time. Both Josh C. and Josh D. have committed to raising $7,500 each for our Annual Fund. All funds raised will go straight to our financial aid program, enabling children and adults of all ages to build confidence, foster healthy habits, and be part of our nurturing community, regardless of their economic circumstances.

We're excited to have Josh & Josh representing the West Suburban YMCA as they train for and run the 125th Boston Marathon! Go Team Josh!

Josh Cooper

2021 Boston Marathon Runner

"My very first gym membership was at my local YMCA.  I spent my evening there exercising, playing basketball, and getting to know my community.  Fast forward to becoming a parent and I found myself at the West Suburban YMCA of Newton in 2012 taking my children to their first programs.

I was out on the field with my then three-year old participating in the 'parent and me' soccer clinic while my wife took swimming lessons inside with our baby.  Since those first programs we have moved to Needham, however, those Y values stuck with us and we continued our investment in the Y mission.  We have spent so many hours and weekends as part of the Y family from summer camps, soccer, basketball, and one year even ended up on their float in the 4th of July parade.  I have volunteered for the Y as a coach so many times I could outfit an entire football team in volunteer tees!

I feel so honored and privileged to run the 2021 Boston Marathon for the great organization that is the West Suburban YMCA of Newton.  All of your donations will go to their annual fund to assist those who may need help with membership or programs.

Your support of the West Suburban Y and their amazing team means the world to me, and will carry me over the next few months as I log my training miles.  Thank you in advance from me and the Y!"

To learn more about Josh’s journey to the finish line, or to support his fundraising efforts, click here.

Josh Downes

2021 Boston Marathon Runner

"I started working for the West Suburban YMCA in December of 2017, and I now work as the Director of Sports and Recreation, helping to manage day-to-day administrative operations for the Y's Sports Department while also developing and implementing youth and adult sport programs. I work directly with our participants teaching sports classes and coaching teams, as well as helping direct our summer camps.

On October 11, 2021, I will be running the Boston Marathon on behalf of the West Suburban YMCA. This is a bucket list opportunity for me. I have no other experience running marathons, but I'm looking forward to the challenge!

My hope is to raise enough funds to help enable children, families, adults, and seniors of all financial means to be a part of the Y community. Our financial aid program gives everyone the opportunity to experience our programs and support systems which build skills and self-confidence, and nurture healthy relationships. Now, more than ever, charitable gifts ensure we can continue to respond to our community's most pressing needs.

Every dollar donated to the West Suburban YMCA has a lasting impact. Your donation could help a child participate in one of our youth sports programs or leagues, swim lessons, afterschool care program, or summer camp! WE DO IT FOR THE KIDS!"

To learn more about Josh Downe's journey to the finish line, or to support his fundraising efforts, click here.

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