Local Residents Run to Support BID–Needham at 2018 Boston Marathon

Date: March 01, 2018

NEEDHAM, MASS.—Two local residents, Peter Smulowitz, MD, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham (BID–Needham), and Dara Warn, a member of the BID–Needham Gala Committee, will represent the hospital as members of Team BIDMC at the 2018 Boston Marathon. The pair will raise funds toward the new Outpatient Clinical Center and train for the historic 26.2-mile race on Patriot’s Day, April 16, 2018. 

A Concord resident, Dr. Smulowitz was an emergency physician at BIDMC in Boston on the day of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 and cared for severely injured patients. 

“As part of my healing process, I vowed to run my first marathon in honor of the victims and the health care professionals,” said Dr. Smulowitz, who lives in Concord with his wife, Marcy, and their daughter, Ella. The avid runner has completed smaller road races, but never a marathon. Five years later, he is training to run the Boston Marathon, with a goal of breaking the three-hour mark. 

“The Boston Marathon to me now signifies the strength of a city, of the people who fought to save lives, and of the patients and families who spent months or years to recover from what happened,” he added. “My colleagues demonstrated bravery and skill both in the field and in the hospital. What’s more, they continue to demonstrate those skills every single day they show up to work. Though perhaps the daily work is not as publicly appreciated as it was after the marathon bombing, it’s equally as significant. We help people and save lives every day we show up to work.”

Dara Warn is the Chief Outcomes Officer at Penn Foster Education Group and enjoys running in her free time. She lives in Needham with her husband, Daniel, and three sons, Eli, 10, Wyatt, 8, and Rowan, 6. This is Warn’s second marathon, having completed the Boston Marathon in 2016. Warn says that she watched the Boston Marathon every year growing up, cheering on family and friends who have run for charity, and she was inspired to finally take the challenge on in support of BID–Needham.  

“I always tear up when I see the runners go by—most of the people I watch are the charity runners and it is amazing to see how giving people can be,” said Warn. “It was really important to me to run for a cause that I could get behind. Beth Israel Deaconess is such an important part of our community in Needham and the overall Boston community so I knew this was the right choice. All of my funds will go to the hospital Needham which I feel really good about.”

For more on the BID–Needham Marathoners and to support the runners, visit www.bidneedham.org/run