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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Elizabeth Downs

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Elizabeth Downs started getting involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) when her cousin, Andrew Lawson, joined several years ago. “I got involved with Special Olympics through my cousin Andrew. I would attend his swimming events and just be blown away at the excitement of the athletes, coaches, and spectators.”  Elizabeth is part of the 2017 Xtra Mile team for the Falmouth Road Race. With this being her third time running this race, she uses the motivation from Andrew to continue running. “This year my motivation behind Falmouth is my cousin Andrew. Andrew…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Katelin Cwieka

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Why Special Olympics? Katelin’s connection with Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) started about 7 or 8 years ago when one of her close friends, who has a son with Down Syndrome, convinced her to get involved. Katelin began slowly with fundraising then participated in an LETR run as well as a polar plunge and she was hooked. She continued to get involved and volunteer more, and now years later, here she is running the Falmouth Road Race as part of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Xtra Mile team. Running since she was 14…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Christina Lombardi

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Starting her running career when she was just 13 years old, Christina Lombardi had no idea what she was getting herself into. “I competed in a total of 16 seasons of Cross Country and Track and Field. I stopped in college to focus more on studies but never stopped visiting the road. Once college was over, I really just enjoyed running on my own. My biggest challenge was my half marathon back in 2014 in Disney.” Running has always been something she has enjoyed, and being an athlete since such a…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Beth Donahue

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern “I know I can do it.” “Just keep going.” “I got this.” Being involved with Special Olympics since she was 8 years old, Beth Donahue has always pushed herself to do her best, while inspiring others to do their best both in sports and in life. Beth first got involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts when her parents signed her up for soccer, but she didn’t stop there. For the past 19 years, she has competed in gymnastics, basketball, track, and skiing. More recently, Beth has focused on running, which is how she…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Sam Nunes

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern “To me, Special Olympics is the epitome of inclusion and motivation. The athletes truly exhibit a never-give-up attitude and don’t let a disability stop them from being the best person they can be. They are truly role models that anyone can look up to.” Growing up in Marlboro, NJ and attending college in Massachusetts, Sam Nunes knew after graduation he had to move back Mass. Now working as the Marketing Coordinator for New England Revolution, it was easy for Sam to get involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts. After being asked to…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Stephanie Thompson

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Since running cross country all four years in high school and continuing into college, running is something Stephanie Thompson can practically do in her sleep. Starting her marathon career in 2004 while she was a junior at Norwich University, Stephanie has now completed about 58 marathons, 6 half marathons, multiple 10Ks and 5Ks, a couple sprint-distance triathlons, 1 Olympic-distance triathlon and 1 half-Ironman. Basically, Stephanie is unstoppable. Most of the marathons were completed between the years 2012 and 2016 when Stephanie made it her goal to run a marathon in every…

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North Andover School Day Games

What a busy Spring we are having! Thanks to so many great school partnerships, volunteers, donors, athletes, and families – as well as our School-Day Games presenting sponsor, Bank of America, we are hosting recreational and competitive events daily across Massachusetts. When all is said and done, we will have hosted over 30 School-Day Games with over 5,000 athletes participating this Spring (this is in addition to our regular competitive sports Spring season where we’ll serve over 2,000 additional athletes). We collected some photos and videos this week at the North Andover School-Day Games. Let’s get to it: The North…

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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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Three Fun Things to do in Massachusetts this Weekend

Jingle through the Streets for Special Olympics Too much pie last weekend? Looking for a way to trim the waistline while supporting a great cause? Put your holiday hat and running shoes on and hit the streets of Boston, Peabody or Hyannis this weekend to support Special Olympics Massachusetts. Run with a friend or make a team and raise funds to support a Special Olympics athlete for an entire year of athletic programming! We’ll supply the t-shirt, jingle bells and festive atmosphere, and you’ll be raising money for athletes with intellectual disabilities. With three locations to choose from, you…

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Amazed & Humbled: A Mother’s Fundraising Story

By: Kate Dyer In July, my 12 year old daughter Sariah and I decided to participate in Over the Edge for Special Olympics. Initially I was rather apprehensive about the event. Not because Sariah and I would be rappelling off the roof of a 22-story building in Boston. Although my husband and son were not exactly excited about the idea. But rather, because I have always been intimidated by fundraising. Special Olympics has been important to me for most of my adult life. It offers so much to everyone involved. The Special Olympics athletes get to experience some independence…

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