Don't Quit 13.1

Meet Don’t Quit Ambassador Ron McCracken

This year, we are thrilled to have Don’t Quit Ambassadors to help spread the messaging about our nonprofit and bring mental health awareness in the community. Meet Ron McCracken!

What is your name?

Ron McCracken

 

Tell us about yourself.

I am the proud owner of Zeus, a rescued pitbull/American Bulldog mix, who is also my emotional support dog. I ran 17 straight Boston Marathons from 2001-2017, including the 2013 race that was bombed. I've run 7,723 days in a row as of August 28,2020. I have been diagnosed with depression, PTSD, anxiety disorder, and ADD. I get out and run every day no matter how much I am struggling. My PTSD is from the Boston Marathon bombings.

 

Have you participated in the Don’t Quit Half Marathon & 5K before?

I’ve never participated.

 

Why are you running in this year’s Don’t Quit Half Marathon & 5K?

I am running to promote mental health awareness and to share my story to help others.

 

What does “Don’t Quit” mean to you?

Don't Quit means facing your problems and working hard for your mental health. 

 

Do you have any tips for someone who may be struggling with mental health issues?

 Be honest with yourself and your therapist. Be willing to put in the hard work it takes to achieve mental health. 

 

What is your favorite inspirational quote that keeps you doing?

"Recovery is not a linear process." - Unknown

“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter." - Yoda