Country music star Dierks Bentley‘s wife Cassidy Black Bentley is preparing to take on the grueling Boston Marathon for a second time in 2017. This time she’s running to support a cause dear to her heart— Nashville’s Safe Haven, a homeless shelter for families
Cassidy’s path to becoming a marathon runner started over a decade ago when she married Dierks in 2005 and relocated to Nashville where she didn’t know many people.
“I’d played sports competitively and had done plenty of sprints when I was young but had never consistently done distance running. I can remember so clearly how long each of those miles felt, how hard it was to get through them and, the game changer, how different, how much better I felt every time I was done,” she explains on her Crowdrise fundraising page. “Over the weeks and months and years, I continued to step onto that treadmill, and the miles slowly got a little easier and the runs got longer. I did eventually make some friends, some of whom ran, and they dragged me off the treadmill (that I love) onto the road and trails and into races, until I was transformed into something that I had never imagined I would be: a runner.”
From last years Nashville 1/2 (soooo many hills😣) I've taken a lot of pictures with D over the years in full, professional hair and makeup….always trying and failing to impersonate someone who is comfortable and relaxed in front of cameras. When I see those pics I often feel a sharp disconnect. But when I see pictures of me after races…sweaty and spent and proud and smiling I feel a wave of recognition of my true self. For those of you who are running April 17 I look forward to seeing your post race pictures 👊🏃♀️
Cassidy also got candid about her hopes for her second Boston Marathon journey, “…this year I wanted to find a way to use my run to connect with people and help others. I wanted to give it meaning beyond crossing the finish line or achieving a certain time (although I do want to do that too!). To that end, I’ve decided to run to create awareness and raise money for Safe Haven Family Shelter of Nashville, an organization that does life-changing work on behalf of homeless families. Safe Haven keeps families who are homeless together, provides them with shelter and eventually permanent housing along with the therapy, support and training needed to gain self-sufficiency and rebuild their lives. My family has been involved with them for a few years and I’ve seen up close the incredibly important, desperately needed, inspiring work they do and I’m thrilled to be running in their honor and in honor of present and future families who need Safe Haven.”
Dierks and Cassidy’s kiddos Evie, Jordan, and Knox are already in full ‘cheer squad mode’ and will certainly be rooting for their mother as she hits the Boston pavement on Monday, April 17th.
One of my favorite things about these encouraging messages my girls left for me yesterday is the section in the lower left hand corner where my 6 year old takes matters/chalk into her own hands and addresses what is, for her, the central issue: Winning. She's the one who's like "Don't let fear hold you back blah blah blah…let's cut to the chase are you going to win or not? And don't give me excuses like it's the Boston Marathon." Every time I run it's "Did you win?" She can never mask her disappointment when the answer is, as it always is, no. I always smile and shrug and refrain from giving the old It's not about winning or losing speech because she'll figure that out on her own. I love her fiercely competitive nature and can't wait to see what she gets after when the time comes.
We wish Cassidy the best as she undertakes the challenges the Boston Marathon dishes out and we hope she raises a ton of money in the process. If you’d like to help Cass reach her goal and make a real difference in the lives of families in need, you can donate here.
Share this with other fans of the Bentley family!