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The West Suburban YMCA Runs Boston

Meet our 2020 Boston Marathon Runner!

7/28/2020 Update

A lot has changed since Claudia committed to running the 124th Boston Marathon while raising funds for the West Suburban YMCA. One thing that hasn't changed is Claudia's determination and dedication to that commitment!

Claudia will be participating in this year's Virtual Boston Marathon, in which she will run 26.2 miles on Monday, September 7, 2020 to cap off her training and fundraising. As a Newton native who lives off Heartbreak Hill, Claudia plans to incorporate some sections of the traditional Boston Marathon route in her run. She is also in the home stretch of her fundraising goal! Help Claudia reach the finish line, and stay tuned for ways to support her on the day of her 26.2 mile run.


Thanks to the City of Newton, we are thrilled to receive an invitational bib to the 2020 Boston Marathon on April 20, 2020! This year, Claudia Baier will wear the West Suburban YMCA’s bib, and run the historic route from Hopkinton to Boston. Not only does she get this unique opportunity to participate in one of the most selective marathons in the country, she is also giving back at the same time. Claudia has committed to raising $7,500 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 Claudia representing the West Suburban YMCA as she trains for and runs the 124th Boston Marathon!

Claudia Baier

2020 Boston Marathon Runner

"I’ve been a member here at the YMCA for about 10 years now. On a pretty much daily basis, you will find me in the main gym strength training, fitness classes, on the track or running stairs. I’ve always been a bit of a risk taker and I want to inspire my children to follow their dreams. The YMCA has taught me to lead by example and inspire others by living a healthy and balanced life and am beyond thrilled to run the Boston Marathon for the YMCA.

My life outside the Y includes practicing yoga to balance out the physically rigorous aspects of strength training and long-distance running, spending time with my family and friends, a new position at the BIDMC, and teaching yoga to a brave group of women.

Workouts are now focused on running, lots of running with my favorite running partner. She would run all day if she could. Whether it’s rain, shine, sleet or snow, she’s always up for running, she never complains, she never goes without me, sometimes waiting all day and she always, always lets me set the pace unless she spots a squirrel, then it’s full out sprint GO time.

I was born and raised, and still live on, Heartbreak Hill. The YMCA has been a big and important part of my life and I am super excited to support the YMCA by running the 124th Boston Marathon."

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