BAC Dean and Student Run 2016 Boston Marathon to Benefit the College

Crandon Gustafson and Juan De Loera raise funds and run 26.2 miles for the BAC

Crandon and Juan in the final stretch of the course

Crandon and Juan in the final stretch of the course

The BAC is proud to announce the success of the 2016 BAC Boston Marathon Team. Both Crandon Gustafson, dean of the School of Interior Architecture, and Juan De Loera, Master of Architecture candidate, completed the historic marathon on Monday, April 18 and collectively raised thousands of dollars towards the BAC Fund.

The day was filled with emotion and celebration. The warm temperatures proved to be difficult conditions, but Crandon and Juan prevailed and tackled the course, being cheered along by the vast crowds throughout the race.

"This being my first Boston Marathon, I was not expecting the whole course to be filled with so many people," reflected Juan. "The roar of the onlookers echoed through the streets. The screams of encouragement and love pushed me forward. In the last mile, when I thought I couldn't run anymore, the cheering gave me the last push I needed."

Members of the BAC community waited along the final stretch of the course outside the BAC's building on Hereford Street to cheer on both runners. Students spent the week designing posters with inspirational messages that were spread over the windows of McCormick Gallery on race day. It was hard to miss the BAC's presence along the famous final turn of the race.

"The two best moments came just before the turn on Commonwealth and in front of the school on Hereford, when I passed and high-fived BAC students," remembered Crandon. "I wasn't sure anybody would still be around. So I was smiling all the way to the finish line from there."

2016 marks the second year that the BAC has fielded runners for the Boston Marathon. This year, the BAC team raised over $10,000 towards the BAC Fund. Donors to the team were invited to a brunch to celebrate Marathon Monday and watch the elite runners from the BAC loft. Over 40 people, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and trustees, gathered together to kick off the day and honor the beloved Boston tradition.

The dedication of both Crandon and Juan has been an inspiration to the BAC community. Both runners enthusiastically joined the team to help make a difference for the College and their peers. After months of training and fundraising, both Crandon and Juan reflect on what it was like to cross the finish line:

"My feelings about about crossing the finish line? Just happiness (the soreness hits later). And thrilled to be joined on the spot by BAC students. I'm proudest of that moment," said Crandon. "Also, when you cross the line they wrap you in a silver mylar cape and give you a medal. It's the one time you can walk around town wearing a cape and a medal. I took advantage of it."

"The experience is like no other. Crossing the finish line was a culmination of the efforts put in these last couple of months. It was an overwhelming moment filled with many emotions," said Juan. "The energy throughout marathon weekend is amazing. It was an honor to run for the BAC."

Crandon with BAC interior architecture students at the finish line

Please join us in congratulating Crandon and Juan on this enormous accomplishment and thanking them for their commitment to our community.