Athlete Name: Vincent Love
Hometown: Stamford, CT
Education: Boston College
Tell us a little about yourself
I am from Stamford, Connecticut and have one sister Annie, who is going to be a senior in high school, and two loving parents, Lorraine and Vincent, who have supported me as my equipment managers and photographers at all my Team Boomer races. I have played a number of different sports including football, hockey, and lacrosse at KLHT (where I went to school from kindergarten through high school) and rugby at Boston College, but I was never a long distance, endurance athlete. After graduating Boston College in 2013, I got a job as an investment banker in downtown Boston and moved to an apartment in the North End with a friend from college. Despite living in Boston for the last few years, I am still a huge Mets, Jets, and Rangers fan.
“I run to support the foundation as well as Gunnar and his family”
How did you get involved with Team Boomer?
I met Gunnar at Boston College our freshman year and a group of fellow BC students became interested in Team Boomer shortly thereafter. After meeting Gunnar and learning more about cystic fibrosis, a number of us became involved with the foundation, attending events and fundraising for various races. Since then, we have been able to remain active with the foundation competing in events and organizing fundraisers.
What is your favorite Team Boomer memory?
Without a doubt my favorite Team Boomer memory is running the Boston marathon and specifically running through BC. Heartbreak hill is one of the hardest portions of the Boston marathon and comes directly before BC’s campus. A group of friends, including Gunnar, jumped on to the course and were able to run with me for quite a while, providing much needed support and encouragement. Without their help, it would have been a much harder final push to the finish line.
What is your best fundraising tip?
Don’t be afraid to reach out directly to people you have not seen or spoken to recently. I have found that some of the largest donations have come from people that I did not even think to reach out to directly, but were supportive of the cause after seeing posts on social media. Also holding events can be helpful in raising awareness for your cause, even small social gatherings which are relatively easy to organize can raise a lot of money and help get the word out.
Why do you run?
I run to stay active and use the time that I am training as a release from work, while helping a cause that I am passionate about. Gunnar is a close friend and living with him in college was a constant reminder of what he and so many others with cystic fibrosis have to overcome on a daily basis, which motivates me to this day. I run to support the foundation as well as Gunnar and his family who have provided me with the opportunity and the platform to help the fight against CF. Watching the entire Esiason family fight this disease with such dedication has inspired me to push myself in an effort to help them bring about real advancements to all affected by CF.