Behind the Wheel with Jeff: Boston Marathon Edition
We’re going Behind the Wheel With Jeff, one of our driver-partners in Boston who came up with a creative way of raising money for a friend running in the annual Boston Marathon.
Every year, thousands of people run in the annual Boston Marathon, raising money for some great charities. It’s a challenging journey of endurance spanning 26.2 miles, starting in Hopkinton and ending in Boston’s Back Bay.
Jeff came up with a unique way raise money for a friend running in this year’s marathon: do an “Uber Marathon” of driving for 26.2 hours and donate his earnings.
An attorney by day, Jeff drives part-time throughout the week and weekends. He jokingly calls them “marathon weekends” when he wants to earn extra money for a particular investment or purchase. He says it all started when he found himself planning his own impromptu wedding with his soon-to-be wife. Because they were getting married in a short amount of time, he needed a quick way to earn money – thus began his Uber marathons.
Jeff put up a sign in the back seat of his car during his Uber Marathon encouraging riders to donate to his friend’s page. He said riders’ reactions were very positive, and it started great conversations. “Don’t worry, I’m not driving all 26.2 hours at once,” he assured his riders with a laugh.
He was able to raise over $630 during his Uber Marathon, and hopes that more people will add to that by donating directly to his friend’s fundraising page. You can do that here:
Jeff loves the flexibility of driving on the Uber platform because he’s able to drive whenever he wants, for as long as he wants. He says it’s “one of the best part-time jobs you can have.”
We are excited to surpass the 100th city mark by welcoming two Brazilian cities, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, to the UberEATS family. From Atlanta to Warsaw, people have truly embraced this easy and reliable way to discover the food they love at the push of a button. Whether that’s an Indian inspired samosa, a good old-fashioned American burger or Vietnamese pho, people in 27 countries are using UberEATS to get a taste of the world’s flavors at the push of a button.
We’re excited to expand the Uber for Business platform beyond business travel, to include a world-class customer transportation solution, Uber Central. With Uber Central, organizations of all shapes and sizes can now easily provide on-demand, door-to-door transportation for their customers, clients, and guests.
A little over a year ago, we set out to put a new spin on an old classic–make reliable food delivery available at the tap of a button. Back then, we started by offering food in the UberEATS app from 1,000 pioneering restaurant partners in four cities. And today, more than 40,000 restaurants globally–from poke shops to pasta spots–are sharing food with customers through UberEATS. With a growing restaurant community comes more choices and more complexity. So we’re cooking up features to continue to make UberEATS easy and reliable. Here is a taste–