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Mountain Club to host "Run-Raiser" to assist Boston marathon team



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Natham Semiao, left, a 2006 graduate of the White Mountain School, is preparing to run in this year's Boston Marathon. His girlfriend, Meghan McIver, right, who grew up in Plymouth, is also participating in the iconic event this year. The couple was photographed recently during a training run on Heartbreak Hill, which is part of the marathon course. (click for larger version)
March 05, 2014
LINCOLN — Two former North Country residents are making a big run for charity this spring. Nathan Semiao, a 2006 graduate of the White Mountain School, and his girlfriend Meghan McIver, are preparing for the Boston Marathon. As a team, they are trying to raise $20,000 for the Lenny Zakim Fund, a Boston non-profit.

"I cycled in high school and did some racing in college," Semiao said. He has been participating with McIver in pre-marathon running events. The couple thought linking their interest in running with charity would be a great way to participate in the world's oldest annual marathon. Semiao and McIver now have an agreement with the Mountain Club at Loon to assist in fundraising. This effort to raise money for Semiao and McIver's team has been dubbed a "Run Raiser."

The "Run Raiser" will take place from March 21-23 at the Mountain Club at Loon. McIver's dad Jeff is the President and General Manager at the Mountain Club. Jeff previously ran the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch.

The Club hosts an opening reception at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21. The weekend's main events will occur on the 22nd. McIver has promised that the Saturday will offer "a day of tons of fun" that will also assist the two runners' fundraising.

Plans for the "Run Raiser" include wine and beer tasting, other culinary events, and a silent and live auction, McIver said. The live auction will include an array of Boston sports team memorabilia, Semiao noted.

Sponsors for the Club's "Run Raiser" will be offered a table for participation in a weekend trade show. Sponsorship levels start at $250. Those interested in exploring sponsorship options can contact McIver at jmciver@mtnclub.com.

A 6 p.m. dinner on the 22nd will be a highlight of the "Run Raiser," McIver said. Several of his former Balsams colleagues, some who now work at resorts across New England, will be assisting the Club during the weekend, McIver added.

Famed runner Bill Rodgers will be on hand as part of the "Run Raiser." The legendary marathoner won 22 races during his career. McIver said Rodgers will be signing books and participating in other portions of the weekend.

The Club enjoys working with New England entities for events like the "Run Raiser," McIver continued. The weekend offers a chance for the Club to make new contacts throughout the region. "I'm just trying to create a win-win for everybody," McIver said.

In addition to running for charity, Semiao and McIver hope their marathon participation can serve as a means to fight the bitter memories of the Boston Marathon bombings of last year. "We live about a block away from where the second bomb went off," McIver said. They recall hearing the blasts that took the lives of three people and injured 200.

A schedule for the Club's March 21-23 "Run Raiser" can be found at: http://www.mtnclub.com/files/6113/9234/9124/MtnClubLoon_MarathonFlyer_Details.pdf. Those who would like additional information on how to support Semiao and McIver's team can contact McIver via email at mmmciver@suffolk.edu.

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