We were all affected by the bombing at the 117th Boston Marathon. Most of us in Boston had personal connections that brought this act of terrorism close to home. I remember thinking about the people I knew who were working at the finish line. The many friends and family who were running. But when I got home that night, turned on the news and saw my FitCoach Chrissy Meagher in tears wrapped in an emergency blanket, it really became personal.
To know Chrissy is to love Chrissy. She is a unique soul with an infectious positive attitude, and smile to go with it. She brightens any room she walks into, and was a favorite of our members since her first day in the club. Seeing her in such emotional pain was difficult for all who know her. The next morning I was greeted at the gym by countless concerned members, wondering if I had heard from her.
Chrissy comes from a big Marathon family. Growing up in Boston, she watched her dad run the marathon, and started training on the Marathon course as a teenager. On April 15, 2013, she was running with her brother and sister who were still out on the course when the bombs went off. Her father and uncle were both working as officials for the Boston Athletic Association at the finish line, so I could only imagine what was going through her head when she couldn’t find them. Thankfully, they were all ok.
Chrissy is a runner. As traumatic as the events last year must have been, I knew Chrissy would run again. This year she is running for the victims of last year’s attacks with the MIT Strong team. If you’d like to donate to Chrissy’s team, you can click this link. https://mitstrong.mit.edu/team/meagher
Check out Chrissy’s story on CBS News below. We wish her, and all this runners, all the best.
Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer, Koko FitClub
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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.