Our History

Dreamfar High School Marathon is New England’s first high school marathon program.  DREAMFAR was founded in 2008 by Jamie Chaloff, a special education teacher in Newton, Massachusetts and Victor Acosta, an endurance coach with over 20 years in the nonprofit sector. Jamie herself a rebel in high school, was drawn to the students who fell through the cracks; she knew there had to be a way to motivate them to be the best they could be. In 2004 Jamie completed her first marathon.  Reaching the finish line was one of the most empowering moments of her life.  It was that moment that everything “clicked,” and the dream of starting a high school marathon program began.

DREAMFAR is modeled after the wildly successful Students Run LA program.  The inaugural team was made up of nine students from Newton South high school.  They trained with DREAMFAR to successfully complete the Cox Providence Marathon in Rhode Island.  Over the last four years the program added 1 to 2 new school and experienced significant growth in student participation each year.  To date, over 200 students from ten schools in the greater Boston area have trained for and run the Providence Marathon with DREAMFAR. Next season we will be joined by two more Boston Public Schools. DREAMFAR will be piloting a program in the Southcoast area. We welcome City on A Hill, Dartmouth High, and Old Rochester Regional High.

DREAMFAR gives students the opportunity to realize the significant achievement of completing a marathon, through a training program that values mentorship, dedication, hard work and support.  

DREAMFAR is a recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Our hope is to one day reach every high school in New England.