Meet our runners: Alexis Avila

For the second year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 16. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP!

Runner: Alexis Avila
Longest run to date: 22 miles
Favorite song to listen to while running: Listen Up by Oasis
Favorite post-run snack: Peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich and chocolate milk

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1. Why did you choose to run the 2012 Boston Marathon for Mass Mentoring Partnership?
I chose to run for Mass Mentoring because the stars were aligned. I just finished a half marathon and had an amazing mentoring journey with my little brother Danielson that dates back to 2003. I wanted to run a full marathon and I needed an edge to pull me through the run and I knew that running for Mass Mentoring would be that edge.

2. What has been the most rewarding experience of your training and/or fundraising so far?
The direct effects of training for the marathon have been physical health. I’ve never felt healthier and stronger physically. But the indirect effects of training and fundraising have been much more profound. I feel more positive in my attitude, stronger mentally, and more patient and caring for others. I feel like running has made me a better leader, a better person, and has given my life purpose and clarity; I want to, now more than ever, make positive changes in this world.

3. Tell us about your mentee! Have you told him/her about the marathon?
My mentee Danielson has never been better. First, the two of us are like brothers and do everything together. He got into a fantastic internship program called Year Up and now has a full time internship at American Tower in Woburn. Yesterday he bought his first “dot.com” and at age 20 is in the process of starting his own IT company called New England Computer Care. He will be there to greet me at the finish line and he also donated money to Mass Mentoring!

4. What do you think is the most important thing a mentor can do for a child?
To never condescend the child and to never go into the relationship with your own agenda. Lead your mentee by example and help him or her find the ways to a successful life without preaching. Danny didn’t say a word to me during our first few years - so our relationship was quiet but I stuck with it. Eight years later, Danny is now a gregarious guy who calls my cell phone multiple times per week. Go figure!

5. Complete this sentence: When I finish the marathon, I will feel….
Emotional. I’m going to miss the entire marathon and fundraising process; the inspirational speeches from Coach Rick, the amazing friends I met along the way, and the positive changes I’ve seen in myself both physically and spiritually. My guess is that the finish line will be the next best thing to heaven.

If you would like to read more about Alexis or make a donation to his fundraising, please visit http://www.razoo.com/story/Alexisavila