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 how he ended up getting involved with the organization. He started volunteering with Special Olympics Massachusetts when he was just 6-years-old. Over the years, he has continued volunteering his time to help with Special Olympics events. In his opinion, Special Olympics is special because the members of the organization are able to provide people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity they might not otherwise be able to have. If there wasn’t an organization around like Special Olympics, the people it supports would never be able to have the experiences that they are able to have because of it.
As a kids, Sean was always active and played sports, and running was always a part of his life. By the time he was 15, he began to get really serious about running because of his dad who was also a runner. Sean has already run two marathons so far, making this year’s Boston Marathon his third marathon. Sean always wanted to run the Boston Marathon and grew up watching and going to see the Marathon. In order to train for the marathon, Sean has been running 4-5 days out of the week as well as lifting on his off days. With being in the military, he is very used to the very hard training that goes along with running something like marathons. His motivation when he doesn’t feel like running is the fact that running is a very personal activity as well as very self-motivating. Sean’s biggest motivation is his fear of not being able to actually finish the race which is far more motivating to him than anything else in the world.