The big celeb running the Boston Marathon on Monday is Uzo Aduba, Emmy-winning scene-stealer from TV’s “Orange Is the New Black.” Aduba, who’s from Medfield and ran track at Boston University, spent part of Saturday touring the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the beneficiary of her run.
The actress recently told Women’s Health magazine that she’s supporting Dana-Farber in honor of family friend Andrea Trasher, who died of breast cancer in October. Aduba told the magazine that Trasher was like a second mom. “Andrea Trasher supported me my whole life,” Aduba says in Women’s Health. “Both of my parents worked around the clock, and I’m one of five, and she would pick me up, take me to skating, drive an hour, sit there with me for like three hours, come back, drive another hour. And this was years of doing this.” While at Dana-Farber, Aduba spoke with David Weinstock, of Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research.
Other runners and Marathon personalities spent the weekend prepping for the big race with parties around town. Runner’s World magazine hosted a “Night with Meb” at the Old South Church on Friday to celebrate “Meb for Mortals,” the new book by last year’s Boston Marathon winner, Meb Keflezighi. Joining him for the celebration were Runner’s World editor David Willey, 1968 Boston Marathon champ Amby Burfoot, New York City Marathon race director Mary Wittenberg, and RunnersWorld.com’s Scott Douglas, who co-wrote Meb’s book. Meanwhile, New Balance’s Friday-night party, held at Solas Irish Pub at the Lenox, drew Olympian and New Balance runner Jenny Simpson, New Balance CEO Rob DeMartini, and Brian Metzler, editor of Competitor magazine.
On Sunday, Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott hosted a launch party for her Heather Abbott Foundation, which will help get prostheses to people in need. Abbott, who lost part of her left leg after the bombing, was surrounded by friends at the event, which was held at Towne Stove & Spirits, not far from the finish line. Later that evening, Steve DiFillippo hosted a private pasta dinner at Davio’s for Team 415 Strong, a group of Marathon bombing survivors who will run the race together.