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Meet Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Runner Matt Millett!

Meet the 2018 Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Team helping us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics Movement by running 26.2 miles for inclusion! This year, we are very proud to have two Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes on our team. One of those athletes is Matt Millett who competes with the Shrewsbury local program. Matt has been involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts since 1998 when he started participating in basketball after high school. Since then, he has become a multi-sport athlete competing softball, volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Throughout his involvement with Special Olympics Massachusetts, Matt has had…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Meet Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Runner Jessica Upton!

Meet the 2018 Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Team helping us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics Movement by running 26.2 miles for inclusion! Jessica Upton is just one of the runners on our 26 member Boston Marathon team who’s not only making a difference 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…

Author: Natalia Steffen

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Meet Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Runner Mike Ewing!

Meet the 2018 Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Team helping us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics Movement by running 26.2 miles for inclusion! Mike Ewing is just one runner of our 26 member Boston Marathon team who’s not only making a difference 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…

Author: Natalia Steffen

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Meet Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Runner Kyle Krueger!

Meet the 2018 Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Team helping us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics Movement by running 26.2 miles for inclusion! Kyle Krueger is just one runner of our 26 member Boston Marathon team who’s not only making a difference 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…

Author: Natalia Steffen

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Meet Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Runner James Benz!

Meet the 2018 Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Team helping us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics Movement by running 26.2 miles for inclusion! James Benz is just one runner of our 26 member Boston Marathon team who’s not only making a difference 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…

Author: Natalia Steffen

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Meet Two Time Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Runner Allie Tearney!

Meet the 2018 Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Team helping us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics Movement by running 26.2 miles for inclusion! Allie Tearney is just one runner of 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…

Author: Natalia Steffen

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Mariel Johnson

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator Mariel Johnson likes to live by one simple phrase that she believes applies to everything, “great things happen when you step out of your comfort zone.” Mariel did just that when she picked up and moved to Boston two short years ago after receiving a job offer from Brown Brothers Harriman. “Growing up a Jersey girl, it was difficult to admit that I immediately felt at home in a new city so far from my family and friends. Boston bestowed such rich history, pride, and intrinsic beauty and I wanted to…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Lori Potocki

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator Located in Newton, MA between mile 20 and 21, is the infamous Heartbreak Hill. Every runner keeps this climb in mind as they train diligently for the run. It’s the final crest they face as they head into the last 5.2 miles of their grueling journey, and it’s the hardest challenge they overcome before their feet finally cross the finish line. Most runners practice for Heartbreak Hill by racing up similar sized hills, but Lori Potocki is not most runners… “There are no hills in Houston… so I’ve been running up…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Bethany Bergeron

Bethany is from Natick, MA and grew up watching the Boston Marathon from the intersection of 135 and Speen Street. Year after year, she watched thousands of runners as they took on the marathon, and knew someday she would too. Q: Do you have any connection to the Boston Marathon?  I grew up watching the Marathon in Natick. It is a positive childhood memory. I have been a runner since high school and I love it. I have participated in half marathons and other races. My sisters have both run Boston and I am excited to have the opportunity…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Eric Spindt

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator “Watch me!” Two little words uttered by Eric Spindt years ago have taken on a new meaning in the form of 6, going on 7, completed marathons. That’s right, Eric has run 157.2 miles of grueling race course, each step filled with sweat and tears, blisters and bruises and most importantly, perseverance and triumph. Eric always had the drive in him, all it took was one of his friends joking he couldn’t run a marathon. His response? “Watch me.” Eric was first introduced to Special Olympics when his sister was adopted…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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