Champions for 50:
John Hancock & Greg Schwartz
John Hancock and Special Olympics athlete, Greg Schwartz are Champions for 50. Between 2017 and 2018, John Hancock committed 50 Boston Marathon bibs to Special Olympics Massachusetts. Greg Schwartz ran the Boston Marathon in 2015 and 2017 – a year in which he completed the race in under 4 hours (3:56:49)! Together, John Hancock and Schwartz have helped raise critical funds to expand access to athletic training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities while increasing public awareness through the most prestigious running event in New England. Greg is not done competing! He is currently training as a member of the Team Massachusetts track team heading to Seattle to compete in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.
Because of Greg’s trailblazing, the 2018 Xtra Mile Boston Marathon team includes two Special Olympics athletes, for the first time! Matt Millett and Sri Sundar will be running the challenging 26.2 mile course from Hopkinton to Boston, representing the 12, 500 Special Olympics Athletes who compete year round in Massachusetts.
Additionally, John Hancock has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Xtra Mile, a brand new endurance fundraising program supporting Special Olympics Massachusetts. The Xtra Mile will offer fundraisers the opportunity to compete in marathons, including Boston and New York, road races, including Falmouth, century bicycle rides, including the Rodman Ride for Kids and Triathlons. Thanks to John Hancock, more athletes with and without disabilities will be able to leave a lasting legacy within the Special Olympics Movement.
To run the Boston Marathon you need to have perseverance, an unyielding desire to push past your limits and test your physical and mental abilities. As an athlete you have to be in peak form, you have to train, you have to endure and you have to want it. We know all of our runners this year have given 100% and are ready to cross that finish line… but we want to take the time to recognize one of our best.
Play Unified Podcast Episode 20 – 50th Anniversary kickoff with Greg Schwartz & Rachel Dill
Greg Schwartz set himself a goal to finish the Boston Marathon in under 4 hours. Listen to this episode of the #PlayUnified Podcast to find out how he did! Greg and his mom Patti stopped by the Yawkey Sports Training Center to share Greg’s experiences from his 2nd Boston Marathon and touched on everything from training to race day memories from all 26.2 miles!