Seattle Lutheran senior Matt Haggerty finishes Boston Marathon (and a fundraiser)

April 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people, WS & Sports | 20 Comments

As young runners go, Seattle Lutheran High School senior Matt Haggerty is one busy guy. First, we found out this morning (via a tip from John) that Matt ran the famous Boston Marathon this morning – finishing 227th out of 27,000 runners, in under 2 hours, 51 minutes! (Tipster John notes that “it was 74 degrees at the start of the race.”) Here at home, Matthew has turned his love for running into community-minded efforts; last fall, we reported on his “Ritual Running” senior project (in our first story, in fact, he mentioned his Boston Marathon plans), and earlier this month, we talked to him at West Seattle Stadium as he led other SLHS students on a fundraising/awareness-raising preview to the recent “Day Without Shoes.”

As part of Ritual Running, he has been collecting shoe and money donations for Haiti via One World Running. Here’s a video he recently shared about what his project’s covered so far (including last fall’s Ritual Running 10K, which Matt says raised more than $1,100 plus 250 pounds of shoes):

Ritual Running, Matt tells us, still does group runs twice a week from the Alki Bathhouse – you can contact him to get on the list and join in – ritualrunning@gmail.com – and congrats again on the Boston Marathon achievement. (According to the SLHS Twitter feed, he was the youngest runner!)

20 Comments

  1. go Matt! What a GREAT accomplishment – both the marathon & the senior project!

    Comment by Sue — 2:42 pm April 16, 2012 #

  2. Congrats buddy! Way to rock it out!

    Comment by wsmama3 — 2:47 pm April 16, 2012 #

  3. Congrats, Matt! Awesome!

    Comment by ad — 3:13 pm April 16, 2012 #

  4. That’s a damn good time for the BM. Congrats!

    Comment by Velo_nut — 3:15 pm April 16, 2012 #

  5. Go, Matt! GREAT JOB!!!

    Comment by Valerie — 3:16 pm April 16, 2012 #

  6. Wow!!! Good job!

    Comment by Bonnie — 3:19 pm April 16, 2012 #

  7. Congrats, Matt! In addition to making your parents, grandparents, siblings, other family members and friends proud, your community, city and state also rejoice with and for you. What a wonderful accomplishment!!!

    Comment by Olivia Lowe Partridge — 3:46 pm April 16, 2012 #

  8. TRuly AMaZinG! Congrats, Matt!

    Comment by Trying! — 4:09 pm April 16, 2012 #

  9. Way to GO!!!! You are amazing mister!

    Comment by Betty — 4:33 pm April 16, 2012 #

  10. That’s a great time! Congrats to Matt and keep running strong. Sub 3:00 on a day like today is very impressive.

    Comment by John Q Lincoln — 7:08 pm April 16, 2012 #

  11. Congratulations Matt!

    Comment by west Seattle since 1979 — 8:17 pm April 16, 2012 #

  12. Matt and family, Congratulations on the run and your Senior Project. Your family has a lot to be proud of as does the WS Community.

    Comment by Barb Vadakin — 8:18 pm April 16, 2012 #

  13. Awesome run, Matt! So impressive – way to go.

    Comment by kk — 10:01 pm April 16, 2012 #

  14. Wow, way to go! And so cool that you are using your gift to help others. That is truly inspiring!

    Comment by Andrew — 11:51 pm April 16, 2012 #

  15. Thanks to everyone for their support. This has been a great experience. I am excited to continue with Ritual Running!

    Comment by Matt Haggerty — 7:40 am April 17, 2012 #

  16. Matt you are truly inspiring!

    Comment by Liz — 8:28 am April 17, 2012 #

  17. Congratulations Matt. Very cool to know you. Awesome Job!!!

    Comment by Jared Panamarkoff — 1:12 pm April 17, 2012 #

  18. that’s a really good time! I heard it was about 88 deg there!! Nice work!!

    Comment by bsmomma — 1:29 pm April 17, 2012 #

  19. Congratulations from the fellow diner at Taranta. Well done, in such blistering heat.

    My daughter also finished in decent time, although a lot slower than usual. I was pleased since I wanted her to live to run. She also raised money, over $20,000 for frontal temporal dementia research, the disease that afflicts her dad. He saw the last one but not this.

    Keep running. Congratulations!

    Comment by Belinda Kirkwood — 2:32 pm April 18, 2012 #

  20. Thank you all for the wonderful words of congrats for Matthew – Each one brought tears to this mom’s eyes!
    Belinda, what a beautiful small world and congratulations to your daughter!! The tears are welling again as I revisit the courage and strength that saturated the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston. A true sampling of this amazing world we live in!

    Comment by meg — 4:39 am April 20, 2012 #

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