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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Ben Wood

Ben Wood is a native of the North Shore region of Massachusetts and still resides in that area In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, boxing or walking trails in his town for relaxation. He has friends who have run the marathon before and has attended in past years with friends and running the marathon is actually on his bucket list. He says it’s not too crazy, but it’s an accomplishment no one can take from him. Special Olympics is a family matter for Ben as his grandfather spent over 30 years of his life working with the…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Bonnie Bence

Bonnie Bence grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and still lives in St. Louis with her husband.  They have four children: three sons and a daughter. Bonnie’s involvement with Special Olympics comes from her son, Chris.  Chris is the Senior Manager for the Business Department for Special Olympics Washington D.C. Bonnie first got involved with children with intellectual disabilities when she was 15 years old.  Her father was the person in her life who got her involved.  He was very involved with the St. Mary’s Special School in St. Louis.  He would get Bonnie and her brother involved and helping out…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Abbie Kaiser

Abbie Kaiser grew up in Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Boston, Massachusetts. At one time running was just a hobby, but now she trains more seriously and does other things in her free time. Her hobbies include watching movies, reading, cooking, or hanging out with her friends and family. Nine years ago, Abbie moved out to Boston to study at Northeastern University.  Over the years she has gotten involved with many parts of the community allowing Boston to feel more like her home.  She also feels the city has given her many opportunities. Abbie got involved with Special Olympics…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Abby Conners

Abby Conners grew up in Douglas, Massachusetts and currently lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.  Her hobbies besides running include exercising, walking her dogs and reading.  Growing up, Abby lived only an hour outside of Boston, making Boston a very easy place for her and her family to go and explore.  She always enjoyed watching the Boston Marathon on TV each year.  A quote she likes to live her life by is “In a world where you can be anything, always be kind”. Abby feels Special Olympics gives opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in the…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Get Fit ! Feel Good! March Blog

Reflecting On February’s Wellness Goal: I hope everyone feels fully hydrated since February’s wellness goal was to add more water ! My favorite recipe is adding lemon and lime to my water! It makes drinking water that much more enjoyable.  If you find it hard to drink enough water throughout the day try to have a glass right when you wake up, whenever you eat (breakfast, lunch & dinner), and another one as you get ready for bed. To make sure you are hydrated remember that your urine should be light yellow -> clear. March’s Wellness Goal: Take Up…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Sean Dixon

Sean Dixon is a Massachusetts native.  He grew up in Shrewsbury and currently lives in South Boston where he has lived for the last three years.  Besides running, Sean spends his time working out and playing football or other sports, as well as volunteering in whatever other free time he has.  Growing up in Massachusetts his whole life, Sean and his family would often visit Boston. Special Olympics has meant everything to Sean and his family because Sean has a brother who has Down syndrome.  His brother has been a participant in many Special Olympics events over the years, which is…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Winter Games 2019 Social Media Contest

Are you going to be at Winter Games this weekend? Or how about at Alpine Skiing March 16-17th? Yes? Then we’ve got a contest for you! We are giving away exclusive #WinterGames shirts this weekend to a few random followers who tag us in their Winter Games photos! All you have to do is Follow Special Olympics Massachusetts on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) Take some awesome photos this weekend! If your venue has a photo booth and hashtag props, take a photo with these for added fun! Post your photos on social media, tag Special Olympics Massachusetts…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Recipes to make water more fun!

You probably know you should drink 5 glasses of water a day, but sometimes that’s hard to do when there are so many other flavorful drinks out there. Here are some fruit and water recipes to make drinking water fun! The natural sweetness from the fruit will make your drink taste sweet without added sugar. Get a water bottle with an infuser, or put fruit in your bottle and fill with cold water. You can even fill a bottle or pitcher with fruit and water and leave it overnight in the fridge. Then strain the water in the morning…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Ken Collins

Ken Collins was born in Youngstown, Ohio and at 4-years-old he moved to Massachusetts and grew up in Raynham, Massachusetts.  Today, Ken still lives in Raynham in a house next to the one he grew up in with his wife, three kids, and dogs.  In his free time, Ken enjoys spending time outdoors.  Whether it’s hiking with his kids or just stilling by the pool with them.  Ken also enjoys coaching youth football in the fall.  The craziest thing that Ken says he has done so far in his life will be when he runs the Boston Marathon in…

Author: Jillian Neal

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NBA Cares Unified game is dream come true

Ashley Aldrich of Milford had the experience of a lifetime when she traveled to Charlotte N.C. to compete in the NBA Cares Unified game. Being selected as one of only 12 athletes from around the world was exciting on its own, but when she found out who her coach was, her excitement hit a new level. Ashley and her teammates, comprised of Special Olympics athletes and NBA and WNBA basketball players, were coached by none other than Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics. This year marks the eighth annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball game during the 2019…

Author: Catherine Twing

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