Marathon Spotlight – Wendy Wyman
By: Lauren Gainor & Karina Hornbaker
As a 50th birthday challenge, North Carolina’s Wendy Wyman is taking on the 2016 Boston Marathon with the Special Olympics Massachusetts team. When thinking about what charity to run with in this year’s race, Wendy took into consideration her time spent volunteering with Special Olympics Connecticut and her family’s involvement with the Special Olympics Massachusetts’ Falmouth Road Race charity team through Ocean Spray. Although she lives further South, Wendy says, “Massachusetts is home to my family…I went to college in Massachusetts and have family and MANY friends that live there. Running for Special Olympics in MA means a lot to me, as I feel I’m able to contribute in some way to the local families where the Boston Marathon takes place.”
Being from North Carolina, Wendy doesn’t know what to expect from the Boston Marathon course but says, “I think the unknown is what will keep me going.” Since the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Wendy anticipates her marathon finish line experience to more sentimental than any of her prior 7 marathons.
We can’t wait to see you gliding across that finish line soon, Wendy! Thank you for everything you have done for us here at Special Olympics Massachusetts!