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Meet Xtra Mile Falmouth Road Race Runner Jack Delea!

Jack Delea is a rising senior at Milton Academy, who often volunteers at Special Olympics events hosted by his school, since Special Olympics  has always been his favorite way to volunteer with other people. He volunteers at both basketball games and track meets. “The interactions I have and the friendships I make at Special Olympics events make them as rewarding for me as they are for the athletes,” he said. “Being able to help administrate an event that is pure, wholesome fun feels so good at the end of the day”. Like Special Olympics athletes, Jack knows the spirit…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Meet Xtra Mile Falmouth Road Race Runner, Katelin Cwieka!

This is not the first time Katelin Cwieka has run as a part of team Xtra Mile for Special Olympics Massachusetts. In fact, this will be her second time running the Falmouth Road Race for Special Olympics, and she recently ran in the Boston Run to Remember. Her motive of “Keep Positive!” and her love for Special Olympics and sports are what help keep her motivated to participate in so many races! Running is not the only way that Katelin is involved with Special Olympics, she has been a volunteer for about 8 years, when a friend who worked with…

Author: Alisha Congleton

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Meet Xtra Mile Falmouth Road Race Runner, Kerri Daley!

The thing that Kerri Daley is most proud of crossing off her bucket list is running a marathon. So it is no surprise that the Massachusetts native chose to run in the Falmouth Road Race for Special Olympics Massachusetts, especially because she is so familiar with the area and with Special Olympics. Kerri’s husband grew up in Falmouth, so not only is this race taking place in what she calls her second home, but she has watched and volunteered at the Falmouth Road Race before. In the past, Kerri worked at the Riverview School and had several students who…

Author: Alisha Congleton

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Meet Xtra Mile Falmouth Road Race Runner, Janessa Barrett!

A Massachusetts native, Janessa Barrett grew up going to beaches in Falmouth during the summer, and loves all things Cape Cod. She also loves Special Olympics, so running in the Falmouth Road Race while raising money for an organization she loves is a great opportunity to combine her love of Cape Cod, running and fundraising. Working in higher education, she has found that she loves the work school systems do with Special Olympics, and believes every student should have access to positive environments and opportunities. When she’s not running, you can find Janessa leading spin classes, which is one…

Author: Alisha Congleton

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Meet Xtra Mile Road Runner, David Shaw!

David Shaw is no stranger to Special Olympics. In fact, he worked on the Bank of America campaign for the Special Olympics World Games. “We followed the Flame of Hope across the country and finished in Los Angeles for the World Games,” he explained. Sports are a big part of David’s life, specifically running and snowboarding. He hopes to snowboard on every continent! It’s important to him that Special Olympics athletes are given the chance to have the same opportunities as he has had. David has spent years visiting Falmouth, at his aunt and uncle’s house, and at his…

Author: Alisha Congleton

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Meet Xtra Mile Falmouth Road Race Runner, Erin McCarthy!

For Erin McCarthy, both Special Olympics and Falmouth have a special place in her life. “Special Olympics means not only a lot to me, but my whole family,” she said. Erin’s sister Jackie has Down syndrome and says that Special Olympics has helped her make so many friends as well as enjoy friendly competition. Her dad was also a coach for a unified basketball team, which she played on herself! Erin has continued to stay connected with Special Olympics not only with her family, but through her job. She is a Behavior Tech at a preschool where she works…

Author: Alisha Congleton

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Meet Xtra Mile Falmouth Road Race Runner, Kevin Crossman!

Special Olympics Massachusetts’ own Kevin Crossman will also be joining the Xtra Mile team running for Special Olympics Massachusetts this Falmouth Road Race. Kevin has been involved with Special Olympics since he was in college, when he worked Saturday mornings at a program and fell in love with it. “It means a lot to be able to work for an organization that you think so highly of. The disabled population is not provided as many opportunities as the able-bodied and if it weren’t for Special Olympics over 12,000 people with disabilities would not have this amazing opportunity to compete…

Author: Alisha Congleton

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Doreen Britton

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern “If you’re not living on the edge you’re just taking up space!” Running for 35 years, Doreen Britton has participated in over 20 races, including a mud run, an inflatable obstacle run, several sprint triathlons, a 64-mile bike ride and 3 previous Falmouth Road Races. Doreen has been active with Special Olympics for many years and is currently a coach for bowling in the winter and track and field in the spring. Special Olympics is something Doreen loves to be apart of, especially with her job as a special education teacher…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Jill Stone

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Growing up in Hanover, MA and spending her summers on the Cape, Jill Stone has run the Falmouth Road Race in both 2014 and 2015, and is very happy to be back running this year for Special Olympics Xtra Mile Team with her best friend, Elizabeth Downs. Motivated by Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete Andrew Lawson, Elizabeth’s cousin, as well as her husband’s cousin, Seth Dame who is a Special Olympics Rhode Island athlete, Jill is running for #LawsonStrong and #SethStrong. “Andrew and Seth are two of the sweetest guys you’ll ever…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Tanya Sullivan

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Tanya Sullivan’s involvement with Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) started about 5 years ago when her son, William, was asked to take part in the Five Town School Day Games where he and many other school aged athletes were able to compete in a specific sport-themed event. With the day filled with excitement, dedication and even a surprise special guest, Tanya says it was a day she will never forget. “Last year, Rob Gronkowski (yes, Gronk!) surprised everyone by showing up in Ashland to run football plays with every athlete at the…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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