Frank Walsh Jr. is preparing to run in the Boston Marathon by rowing – and he is encouraging others to join him. Well, in the rowing, not the running.

Frank Walsh Jr. is preparing to run in the Boston Marathon by rowing – and he is encouraging others to join him. Well, in the rowing, not the running.

Walsh, 22, is holding a Marathon Rowing Fundraiser this Saturday, March 7, beginning at 10 a.m. at Baystate Crossfit fitness facility. He hopes to raise $10,000 so he can run in the Boston Marathon on April 20, though that’s not the real reason he's taking on the challenge.

The Plymouth man is ready to row all day on Saturday and then run 26.2 miles the following month because of brotherly love.

"All the money goes to Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover," he said. "My brother Alec goes to the school and training center, which assists people with intellectual disabilities."

Walsh is running in the Boston Marathon thanks to John Hancock, which donated charity racing spots to him and five other runners. The catch? Each has to raise $10,000 for a nonprofit organization to qualify for the race.

For Walsh, it was a no-brainer; his donation would benefit Alec and others who attend Cardinal Cushing Centers. To raise the money, he hit upon the idea of having teams of people participate in a daylong endurance event on rowing machines at the place where he works out. Rowers will have to log 42,000 strokes, which is the equivalent of a 26.2-mile marathon.

"I wanted to do something that anyone could partake in," Walsh said. "Most people I know don’t like running. Rowing is for anyone. You can change resistance or intensity. Plus it gives perspective on how long a marathon is in meters. It isn’t competitive. We’re just a bunch of good people getting together for a worthy cause."

To make it easier, the fundraiser is open to teams of eight people who can take turns on the rowing machines. Teams can reserve a rowing machine for $100 to participate in the event on Saturday.

"This should be a lot of fun," said Julie Brewster, one of the owners of Baystate Crossfit, which is located at 118A Long Pond Road, near Exit 5 at Route 3. "Frank is one of our members and he is devoted to his brother, which is why 100 percent of the money he raises will go to the Cardinal Cushing Centers. They support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing possibilities and opportunities for growth and advancement."

Can’t attend the Marathon Rowing Fundraiser on Saturday? You can still donate to help Walsh reach his goal at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/cccboston2020/frankwalsh4.

For more information about the Marathon Rowing Fundraiser, contact Frank Walsh at frankejr@comcast.net or 774-766-1925.