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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Sabrina Goebel

Sabrina Goebel grew up in Westborough, Massachusetts.  Currently, she is a senior at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.  Up until this year, Sabrina played on Bentley’s Women’s Lacrosse team.  Without lacrosse in her life anymore, Sabrina still enjoys fitness and working out.  Which in turn allows her to continue living a healthy lifestyle.  Sabrina has lived just 30 minutes outside of Boston her whole life.  This past summer, she worked in the city and she has gone to school in the city for the last four years. A motto that Sabrina chooses to live her life by is “Never stop…

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Eric Spindt

Eric Spindt is a Southern California native who now lives in Framingham, Massachusetts with his wife, three kids, and their two dogs.  Besides his love of running, Eric enjoys any activity that involves spending time with his family.  It doesn’t matter what the activity may be, whether it’s skiing in the winter or golfing in the summer.  As long as Eric’s having a good time with his family, he’s able to enjoy and cherish the time that they get to spend together.  Eric originally moved to Boston in 1994 to study at Brandeis University.  He moved to Oregon for…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Polar Plunge January Fundraising Contest

2019 is here, and with a new year brings another year of Polar Plunge season! We are so excited to kick off the 2019 Plunge season with our fundraising contest that will last throughout January. The first week of the contest will begin Saturday, January 5, 2019 and go until the following Friday at 9 p.m. The top fundraiser in that Saturday to Friday period is the week’s winner and will receive a Plunge “swag” prize to reward their fundraising efforts! The three weeks of competition will run Saturday January 5- Friday, January 11, Saturday January 12-Friday, January 18,…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Meet Xtra Mile Falmouth Road Race Runner, Lindsy Graichen!

Lindsy Graichen has run in at least 25 different races, but this year will be her first year running as a part of Team Xtra Mile for Special Olympics Massachusetts. In 2014, she began formally working with a Special Olympics group in Milford. Although she hasn’t run for Special Olympics Massachusetts yet, she is looking forward to building a long-lasting relationship with the organization through her volunteering and running. For Lindsy, running is something that allows her to feel great after she’s finished, so she uses this feeling to stay motivated. “It’s the moments we feel scared, challenged, or…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Meet Xtra Mile Falmouth Road Race Runner, Beth Donahue!

Beth Donahue has been a part of Special Olympics for 20 years. Her motto is “Try new things and challenge myself whenever I can”.  She stays true to this motto, as she has just recently joined a Special Olympics Massachusetts softball team, to add to her already busy schedule of soccer, skiing, track and leading Zumba classes for other Special Olympics athletes. Beth says that running “made me feel healthy and strong” and she is proud of running the Falmouth Road Race last year! Beth is constantly training for the Falmouth Road Race, she runs almost every day and cross…

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Meet Xtra Mile Falmouth Road Race Runner, Katelin Cwieka!

This is not the first time Katelin Cwieka has run as a part of team Xtra Mile for Special Olympics Massachusetts. In fact, this will be her second time running the Falmouth Road Race for Special Olympics, and she recently ran in the Boston Run to Remember. Her motive of “Keep Positive!” and her love for Special Olympics and sports are what help keep her motivated to participate in so many races! Running is not the only way that Katelin is involved with Special Olympics, she has been a volunteer for about 8 years, when a friend who worked with…

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Meet Xtra Mile Falmouth Road Race Runner, Kerri Daley!

The thing that Kerri Daley is most proud of crossing off her bucket list is running a marathon. So it is no surprise that the Massachusetts native chose to run in the Falmouth Road Race for Special Olympics Massachusetts, especially because she is so familiar with the area and with Special Olympics. Kerri’s husband grew up in Falmouth, so not only is this race taking place in what she calls her second home, but she has watched and volunteered at the Falmouth Road Race before. In the past, Kerri worked at the Riverview School and had several students who…

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Meet Xtra Mile Falmouth Road Race Runner, Janessa Barrett!

A Massachusetts native, Janessa Barrett grew up going to beaches in Falmouth during the summer, and loves all things Cape Cod. She also loves Special Olympics, so running in the Falmouth Road Race while raising money for an organization she loves is a great opportunity to combine her love of Cape Cod, running and fundraising. Working in higher education, she has found that she loves the work school systems do with Special Olympics, and believes every student should have access to positive environments and opportunities. When she’s not running, you can find Janessa leading spin classes, which is one…

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Meet Xtra Mile Road Runner, David Shaw!

David Shaw is no stranger to Special Olympics. In fact, he worked on the Bank of America campaign for the Special Olympics World Games. “We followed the Flame of Hope across the country and finished in Los Angeles for the World Games,” he explained. Sports are a big part of David’s life, specifically running and snowboarding. He hopes to snowboard on every continent! It’s important to him that Special Olympics athletes are given the chance to have the same opportunities as he has had. David has spent years visiting Falmouth, at his aunt and uncle’s house, and at his…

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Celebrating Over the Edge 2018!

July 13-14, over one hundred people (braver than myself) took the opportunity to celebrate their fantastic fundraising efforts by rappelling down a 20- story high rise in downtown Boston.   Our Over the Edge event is a fun, daredevil incentive that attracts our amazing volunteers and corporate partners to raise a minimum of $1000 per person to help support our athletes and programs state wide. Individuals and teams raise money for months leading up to the event until they reach their goal, allowing them to go “Over the Edge.” There are also special prizes for teams who raise more than the minimum.  Each year…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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