The 124th running of the Boston Marathon would have been on Monday, April 20. This year also marked the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Nobles Marathon Scholarship Fund, now the Elise “Butch” Wallace H ’03 and Bill Bliss ’48 Marathon Fund. The Marathon Fund supports the financial aid needs of 11 students and is the second largest scholarship fund at Nobles. The Marathon Fund Committee consists of Bill Bliss ’48, Chris Morss ’58, Devareaux Brown ’97, Hanna Atwood ’09 and Coco Woeltz ’12. This wonderfully dedicated group of graduates work together to spread awareness about the fund and help rally support for it each year.
This year, instead of our typical event where Nobles students, families, faculty and graduates come to campus to run, walk, row and spin, the committee challenged the Nobles community to #MoveforNobles virtually to share their workouts on Instagram! More than 100 community members participated in this fun challenge by posting videos and photos. We would like to give a special thanks to Alex Gallagher ’90, Director of Athletics, and to Nobles crew for erging more than nine marathons! Graduates posted pictures and videos of themselves running, hiking, spinning, golfing, doing yoga, burpees and swimming. Some had less traditional, but perhaps more creative ways of moving including jumping on trampolines, showing off soccer tricks and even doing line dancing! We received many vintage marathon photos—thanks to the Bigelow and Lawson families. We remain grateful to the Bliss and Wallace families for helping us to honor the legacy that Bill and Butch started 35 years ago and to Bill Bliss Jr. ’79 for the most creative way to #MoveforNobles—by chopping wood!
We are so grateful for our 1400+ donors who have made the Marathon Fund the second largest scholarship fund at Nobles.