Meet Two Time Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Runner Tim McLaughlin!
Tim McLaughlin is just one of the runners on our 26 member Boston Marathon team who’s not only making a difference for in the lives of our athletes in 2018, but will have a lasting impact on Special Olympics Massachusetts that will help our movement and organization continue to support the athletes of today and tomorrow as we look forward towards the next 50 years of sports opportunities and inclusion!
Read on to learn more about Tim!
Do you have any connection to Boston – If so, tell me about it (i.e. from Boston, moved for school or a job, or just want to run!) “I was part of the Xtra Mile team in 2017 and am honored to be a part of the team again in 2018. My Dad’s family is from Boston and the surrounding areas such as Scituate, Braintree and Framingham. Boston has a similar feeling of history, grit and spirit that my hometown of Philadelphia has.”
Do you have a motto? “Work Hard. Play Hard.”
What’s the craziest thing on your bucket list? What on your bucket list that you’ve done that you are most proud of? “I’m starting to wonder if I’d like to challenge myself to attempt to do an IronMan Triathalon. The 2017 Boston Marathon was my first marathon. Ever. I took the “Go Big or Go Home” mentality in doing my first marathon and it was the most amazing experience. The sense of individual accomplishment as a result of dedicated training and commitment was something that I can’t explain in words. I just ran the Chicago marathon in October and dare I say…I might be hooked on this “marathon” thing. J”
What does Special Olympics mean to you?
- “It means opportunity. Giving opportunity to special kids that might not otherwise have it.
- It means community. To be part of an organization that raises money for fantastic and deserving athletes is an honor and privilege.
- It means responsibility. The Special Olympics brings visibility, organization and a voice to important issues like anti-bullying prevention and education. These programs are invaluable in today’s world.”
What motivates you to go running when you really don’t feel like it? “There is no substitute for preparation. You can’t fake training for a marathon. It means commitment, perseverance and sacrifice.”
Did you grow up watching the Boston Marathon/ volunteering? “I watched my wife run it a few years ago and it was one of the most inspiring events I’ve ever experienced and I said to myself if I ever ran a marathon, it would be the Boston Marathon.”
If you were on our Boston Marathon team in the past (or if you ran another race as a member of the Xtra Mile), Please share your experiences – your experiences running for SOMA, what you gained out that time, what was the most valuable part of your marathon experience “I would cite two examples that stick in my mind very clearly:
1). As I ran the race, the reception and reaction that I would get from spectators throughout the course was heartwarming and inspiration. They would see my Xtra Mile shirt and there would be this amazing burst of enthusiasm and support. Awesome!!
2). I was lucky enough to be invited to an event at Fenway Park for some of the top fundraisers. I got to meet some of the team and put faces with names. There was such a great feeling of team spirit, accomplishment and comradery. It was fantastic!!”
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