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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Allie Tearney

Welcome, to Allie Tearney one of our youngest members of the Special Olympics Boston Marathon team. Allie started her career in high school running short races. As a freshman at Vanderbilt University, she stepped it up by racing in half marathons. Last April, as a sophomore in college, she reached the pinnacle of her running career by finishing her first marathon, the Nashville Rock and Roll Marathon in Nashville, TN. But that was not enough. A native of the Boston area, Allie wanted to bring her talents home. “The Boston Marathon is something that has always been close to…

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Greg Schwartz Running the Boston Marathon… AGAIN

Champions for 50: John Hancock & Greg Schwartz John Hancock and Special Olympics athlete, Greg Schwartz are Champions for 50. Over the next two years, John Hancock has committed Boston Marathon bibs to Special Olympics Massachusetts. Greg Schwartz has committed to running the 2017 Boston Marathon – a feat he accomplished in 2015. Together, John Hancock and Schwartz will raise critical funds to expand access to athletic training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities while increasing public awareness through the most prestigious running event in New England. To run the Boston Marathon you need to have perseverance, an…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Fe Ahrens

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator Fe Ahrens is no stranger to the Boston Marathon. On April 17th she will start her strenuous 26.2 mile run from Hopkinton to the streets of Boston for the third time. Fe ran for Special Olympics Massachusetts in 2015 after getting to know us through her position in sponsorship marketing and work with the non-profit program at John Hancock. While her position affords Fe a bib for the marathon she knows running for SOMA is about so much more than a physical test, it is an admirable cause that deserves her…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Jessica Colangelo

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator The number one thing on Jessica Colangelo’s bucket list is running a marathon. Not just any marathon but the one every Massachusetts native grew up watching, the one every aspiring runner dreams of taking part in one day, the one and only, Boston Marathon. During her college years, Jessica would stand on the sidelines watching the runners as they raced past thousands of onlookers cheering and offering kind words of encouragement. She knew the sense of accomplishment they must feel and decided she could no longer be a bystander, she had…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Bennet Johnson

  By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator For Bennet Johnson, mile 21 of the Boston Marathon was where it all started. Right after the runners crest of Heartbreak Hill and looking toward the finish line with tired legs and sore feet, the runners are greeted by, quite possibly, the most enthusiastic group of spectators the race has to offer. The students of Boston College line this exact spot. Offering endless amounts of spirited well wishes as the runners push towards the finish line. Three years ago as Bennet cheered with his classmates for the first time, he set…

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Skiing Makes Me Feel Free

World Games Athlete Spotlight: Chris O’Neil At the age of eight alpine skier Chris O’Neil put on his first pair of skis. He started with an adaptive program at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA and loved the sport so much that by middle school he was skiing 3-4 days a week with the Special Olympics Massachusetts Nashoba Shooting Stars ski team. According to O’Neil, “skiing is a sport that makes me feel free when I do it.” After 19 years of practicing and improving, he’ll be taking his skills to Austria to represent the United States at the 2017…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Kalei Buzcek

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator “Never being, always becoming” These are the words that Kalei Buczek chooses to model her life around. “It’s a reminder to always grow and learn. You are never stuck in one place, you are always on your way to becoming something else, hopefully better.” The next stop on Kalei’s journey is the Boston Marathon and she’s going for it full speed ahead. She set a goal of raising $8,500 for Special Olympics Massachusetts and she is well on her way to making that a reality. What motivates her and what brought…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Chris Dwyer

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator When Chris Dwyer first became involved with Special Olympics 13 years ago he never imagined it would take him it would take him all the way to the Boston Marathon. To be honest, he’s still in awe. Chris has always been an athlete but in middle and high school, he decided to use his skills on the field to help his local Special Olympics Massachusetts teams in soccer, basketball and golf. “Special Olympics is an amazing program that offers children and adults with special needs the ability to participate in programs…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Tim McLaughlin

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator Tim McLaughlin has been an athlete his whole life but was never a runner; he left that to his wife. He cheered her on as she completed seven marathons and countless other fun runs, picking her up at the finish line and supporting her every step of the way. It wasn’t until his company decided to sponsor its employees in the Philadelphia Blue Cross Broad Street Run that Tim started to feel the drive to run. This year Tim is participating alongside his wife in the Boston Marathon. What brought him…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Rachel Dill

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator Special Olympics Massachusetts is excited to have one of our own running the 2017 Boston Marathon. Rachel Dill, Director of Development and Partnerships, is an inspiration to us all. Her dedication, heart and ambition are unparalleled and while we could rave about her all day, we thought it best she tell her story in her own words. “Six years ago, I had the crazy idea that I wanted to run a marathon before I turned 30. It couldn’t be just any marathon, it had to be Boston. Fast forward to today and…

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