Emily Hanson, an ath­letic training major at North­eastern, made a promise to her father, Larry, that she’d join him in run­ning the Boston Marathon before she ended col­lege. Their family has long-​​supported the Dana-​​Farber Cancer Insti­tute through the annual event — Emily as a vol­un­teer and Larry as a runner — but this being her senior year, Hanson remained true to her word and trained hard to even­tu­ally lace ’em up on Marathon Monday.

It’s my fifth year, all my friends are in Boston and I thought it would be the per­fect time to say goodbye to North­eastern and run the marathon,” she said. “All the money I raise goes to cancer research. My four-​​hour run will never be as ago­nizing as bat­tling cancer, but this is some­thing I can do to help.”

Hanson will join a host of North­eastern stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff run­ning in the pack or vol­un­teering along the 26.2-mile course on Monday.

Joani LaMachia, co-​​op coor­di­nator in the inter­na­tional affairs pro­gram, has run to work from Arlington, Mass., as many as four morn­ings a week for the last three years. She said the rou­tine has yielded many ben­e­fits, from keeping healthy and enjoying the out­doors to saving money and the envi­ron­ment by leaving her car at home.

Monday will mark her third time run­ning the Boston Marathon, but it will be her first time having entered with a qual­i­fying time, a point of pride earned by run­ning the Tow­path Marathon in Ohio. “It’s always inspiring to be a part of this race,” she said.

For David Nolan, asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor of phys­ical therapy in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, vol­un­teering at the marathon has been an annual event for more than 10 years. This year, he’ll once again coor­di­nate physical-​​therapy care at the finish-​​line tents to treat run­ners for a range of health issues — most com­monly cramping, dehy­dra­tion and either hypothermia or hyper­thermia depending on the tem­per­a­ture that day.

Sopho­more health sci­ences major Hailey Koop will be one of 15 mem­bers of the Stu­dent Alumni Asso­ci­a­tion also working at the finish line to pro­vide run­ners with tin-​​foil jackets at the end of the race to help them retain body heat. Koop has run the Walt Disney World Marathon in Florida the last two years, and she under­stands the impor­tance of sup­porting run­ners throughout the race.

Twenty-​​six miles can be rough, but encour­aging words from a vol­un­teer can make or break some of those miles. It’s going to be very rewarding to help out,” Koop said.