The Tailgate Trot- Tackling 4 Miles for 4 Reasons 4 Michael is a 4 mile road race and walk through the streets of Waltham remembering the life of Michael A. Martin who left this us far too soon. He died quiet unexpectedly on June 6, 2007 at the age of 51. Michael was born in Grand Falls, New Brunswick. He moved to Salem, MA in 1963 and then to Waltham in 1965 where he resided until the time of his death. Michael graduated from Waltham High School in 1975 and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston in 1979 where he earned a degree in Architectural Engineering.
Michael was both a scholar and an athlete. He was a member of the Waltham High School football, wrestling, and track teams. He lettered and was a member of the All-Suburban teams in all three sports. The always dedicated Dad, coached his son's baseball team at the Warrendale and Babe Ruth Leagues for eight seasons and was a coach for the Waltham YMCA Youth Basketball program. Off the fields he spent countless hours with his children helping them hone their academic skills. Michael also rode his Harley in fundraising events for Hunter's Hope, a charitable foundation established in 1997.
Michael owned and operated WDC Builders, Inc. of Waltham since 1981 and had been a member and past president of NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together Boston, a non-profit charitable organization providing assistance to urban homeowners. During his career, Michael received several awards for industry performance achievements.
The Tailgate Trot- Tackling 4 Miles for 4 Reasons 4 Michael will be run for the fifth time on Saturday, June 9, 2012, in remembrance of Michael. For the first four years, the race celebrated Michael's life by giving a scholarship to a Waltham High School student in Michael's name, but this year the focus has shifted to the way Michael lived his life. Michael was the type of person who never did for just the one but for the many so it is only fitting that having four reasons further exemplifies how Michael lived his life. The four organizations are Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter, the American Cancer Society New England Division, the Joslin Diabetes Center High Hopes Fund, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater New England Chapter. Each organization will receive 25% of the proceeds.
Even though Michael has left us he continues to make a difference in this world. As a result of this race we have made friends and gained "family" and lives continued to be touched because of Michael.