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Three reasons why you should run the Boston Marathon for Special Olympics Massachusetts

Corinne Genova is a health and physical education teacher at Somerville High School, who had always dreamt of running the Boston Marathon. When she found out that she could combine her passion of running with her love for Special Olympics Massachusetts, the rest was history.     Here are three reasons why Corinne ran the Boston Marathon with the Special Olympics MA Xtra Mile Team: 1. The mission When registration for the 2022 Marathon opened, Corinne received offers from other organizations to run with them; but she always knew running for Special Olympics Massachusetts was what she wanted to do. “I…

Author: Ali Phaneuf

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How to run the Boston Marathon as a college student

For lifelong athletes, running the Boston Marathon can be seen as a “bucket list” item. But how can someone run the Marathon if they aren’t selected as a Boston Marathon qualifier? Special Olympics Massachusetts offers runners the opportunity to join its Xtra Mile Team, and run the Marathon as a member of a community dedicated to inclusion. Meet Brigid Knowles, a 21-year-old student at Boston College, who ran the 2022 Boston Marathon as part of the Special Olympics MA Xtra Mile Marathon Team. “I have been an avid runner my whole life and really enjoy doing it, so always…

Author: Ali Phaneuf

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TikTok running challenge helped two high schoolers earn seven times their fundraising goal

By: Ali Phaneuf Running a full 26-mile marathon might seem daunting to most people; but have you ever considered running one mile every hour for 24 hours? First inspired by a trend they saw on TikTok, high schoolers Emma Gavin and Rhiya Fisher decided not only to attempt the challenge, but they turned it into a fundraising opportunity for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Why fundraise? And more importantly, why fundraise for Special Olympics MA? Emma and Rhiya have previously participated in Whiffles, a baseball program in Norwood for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Emma explained that one of their friends Gus,…

Author: Ali Phaneuf

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Ian Saarmann runs the Boston Marathon to inspire Special Olympics athletes

Author: Quinn Roddy Next Monday, Ian Saarmann will race in the 125th Boston Marathon after raising a whopping $17,000 for the Special Olympics Massachusetts Xtra Mile Marathon Team. As the sports and fitness director for Living Independently Forever Inc. (LIFE), Ian’s relationship with Special Olympics MA has been monumental. LIFE Inc. has three separate locations and the program supports adults with autism and learning and intellectual disabilities in their pursuit of a meaningful, healthy, independent life. Ian has been the sports and fitness director there for the better part of two decades and helps LIFE members stay active and…

Author: Ali Phaneuf

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Larry Crosman brings Special Olympics PA athlete to Boston Marathon

Author: Ali Phaneuf On October 11th Special Olympics Pennsylvania athlete Ernie Roundtree will be racing in the 125th Boston Marathon. Why? Because it’s been a lifelong dream of his. How? Because of one special game changer: retired Mansfield police Sgt. and Special Olympics Massachusetts’ Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) executive board member, Larry Crosman. When Larry attended the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Washington State, he had no idea that the experience would bring him a lifelong friend. Larry was an escort for the Flame of Hope at the USA Games when he met Ernie, and it was…

Author: Ali Phaneuf

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Xtra Mile Walking Clubs Announced

Spring into action with walking clubs all over the state! Joining the Xtra Mile Community! Where we believe opportunities to get out and be active should not be limited by anyone’s ability. Going the Xtra Mile means doing a little more than you did yesterday. Whether you are walking, rolling, biking, snowshoeing or running, you are doing more than if you chose to stay home – you are going the Xtra Mile. So, how can you help to create such a community while striving to attain your personal best? It’s easy! Join a local Xtra Mile Club! Discover new levels…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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250 miles by the end of 2020

Meet the top fundraiser from the past few years of the Peabody Holiday Torch Run. Jeremy “Jay” Carlo has been actively involved in the Special Olympics for three and a half decades.  He began in Worcester at age 10, competing in Track and Field events like the softball throw and running events but it was when, as a student at the Mercy Center, he joined the Special Olympics basketball team and his love of the Special Olympics blossomed.  Being a part of a team, practicing and competing together, is where Jay’s spirit shines brightest.  He loves cheering teammates on…

Author: Stephanie Esposito

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Wilmington educator runs at home for Special Olympics

Diana Hill is a Special Education teacher at Wilmington High School and a co-organizer of the Wilmington and Burlington Unified School Day Games which typically happens each spring. Unfortunately due to Covid- 19 the School Day Games, which would have celebrated its fourth year, was cancelled. Although Hill was at home and not organizing the event for her students, she still wanted to find a way to be involved with Special Olympics. When the Run, Bike, Walk program was announced in July she jumped on board and has already surpassed her $1,000 fundraising goal! “I love this organization and…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Boston – A special place to run

We asked our Xtra Mile Boston Marathon® runners where the coolest place they ever ran was. Many of them actually said Boston is their favorite place to run! Read some of their responses below: Boston/Massachusetts: Tim McLaughlin “This will be my 4th Boston Marathon and 8th marathon overall. I have to say…nothing…nothing…beats running the Boston Marathon. The crowd is like no other. The energy is amazing.” Nikki Grifone “I love that I am local and I am able to train on the Boston Marathon course so frequently- it is a pretty surreal feeling!” Greg Schwartz “When I was training…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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The Marathon is About Family

When Aimee Dubois runs the Boston Marathon® on the Xtra Mile team in April, she’ll be doing more than accomplishing a personal goal. “The marathon is for me, but it’s also for my Aunt Celeste, my Papa and the 13,326 other athletes,” she said. “On days I don’t feel like going on a run, I remember that it is so much greater than me.” Growing up she would watch her Aunt Celeste compete in Special Olympics events at home on the Cape and at Summer Games in Boston. Her grandmother was a longtime volunteer until she passed away when…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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