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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: Catherine Twing

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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: Catherine Twing

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Special Olympics MA named official fundraising partner of B.A.A. 5K

December 6, 2019 —The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that Special Olympics Massachusetts has been named the Official Fundraising Partner of the B.A.A. 5K. Using the power of sport to bring people together, Special Olympics Massachusetts will feature a fundraising team at next year’s B.A.A. 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 18 – two days prior to the 124th running of the Boston Marathon. First run in 2009, the B.A.A. 5K annually features 10,000 participants from around the globe running through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhoods, starting and finishing at Boston Common. It is the first race of…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Historic 2018 for Special Olympics Massachusetts!

To close out 2018, we’re taking a look back at the top 10 Special Olympics Massachusetts moments of the year! From the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, to the unveiling of unprecedented partnerships and the celebration of Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary, 2018 has had plenty of memorable moments. Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Team runs 26.2 miles for inclusion On April 16, the 26 runners on the Unified Xtra Mile Boston Marathon team ran 26.2 miles for inclusion. The team raised over $318,800 for Special Olympics Massachusetts, an Xtra Mile team record! The team included board members, relatives of Special…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Busy Fundraising Weekend – $250,000 raised!

Kicking off the holiday season, people all across Massachusetts showed their generosity, helping to raise $250,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts at 7 events across the Commonwealth! The first weekend in December was a successful fundraising weekend for Special Olympics Massachusetts. On Saturday December 1, Pittsfield kicked off their 9th annual Cop on Top Fundraiser at the Pittsfield Walmart, raising $30,200 in just one day! They followed that up with another $15,000 on a chilly, wet Sunday for a grand total of $45,000. Chicopee also held a Cop on Top event on Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and…

Author: Catherine Twing

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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…

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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: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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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…

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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: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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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: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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