In Boston the Marathon is about more than just running a race, It’s an event that brings the entire city together.

When it’s race day a large portion of the city closes down. Many businesses give their employees the day off to watch the race and in 2013 the whole city was shaken and brought closer than ever before by the marathon bombing.

Sam Adams has supported the Boston Marathon for the past six years with their special 26.2 brew as part of a special collaboration with the Boston Athletic Association. A fantastic gose style ale that’s available at select bars along the race route.

When I came across a few of the 26.2 tap handles I knew that I’d have to do something special with them that would respect the spirit of Sam Adams and the Marathon. With this in mind, I reached out to my friends and found two people that were running the race for great causes.

Abby Cange – BWH The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation

This is Abby’s second year running the Boston Marathon and she’s raising money for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation with a mission of transforming outcomes for civilian and military heroes worldwide who have suffered devastating traumatic injuries. The umbrella that was donated to her campaign was raffled off at a special event at Winter Hill Brewery. The incredible event and all of the prized that were donated helped her raise almost two thousand dollars towards her cause. You can still donate on her Crowdrise page ( ).

Julianna Buck – Team BIDMC

While a junior at Emerson College Julianna suffered a traumatic brain injury that ripped her from her normal life as a college student. She was lucky enough to have received treatment from Beth Israel Hospital where their experts and her determination brought her back from the ICU. She’s now running and raising money to make sure resources are available for others that go through the same devastating experience that she overcame. A Sam Adams 26.2 beer tap umbrella will be up for raffle at her event at Aeronaut Brewery on April 1st ( and you can donate directly to her campaign on her Crowrise page (

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