Published: April 9, 2014
Last year, Program Director Shannon Winn ran the Boston Marathon for Team Special Olympics MA. Unfortunately, due to the tragic Marathon Bombings, Shannon was unable to complete the race but luckily was unharmed during the brutal attack. This year, Team SOMA awarded all of last year’s runners with complementary bibs, so they could again run the Marathon!
On Monday April 21, Shannon will be running the 2014 Boston Marathon on Team SOMA with many of our very own Bridgewell athletes cheering her on.
As a Special Olympics Coach for Team Bridgewell, Shannon is not only representing Special Olympics but also Bridgewell as she braves the 26.2 mile Marathon course. Shannon is a role model to our Special Olympic track athletes and is an inspiration to us all!
Pictured: Shannon running the Providence Marathon two weeks after being stopped at mile 25 during the 2013 Boston Marathon.
“I’ve been involved with SOMA at Bridgewell for the past 5 years and I also volunteer for them outside of Bridgewell,” said Shannon. “The amazing athletes that compete in the Special Olympics year after year, facing challenges that I will never understand, are the people who inspire me to run 26.2 miles and to face outdoor runs in this awful winter we’ve had!”
Last year, Shannon’s father was in the VIP section to watch her cross the finish line, but instead witnessed the bombings firsthand. Fortunately, he was unharmed. Shannon adds, “I’m running this year to show that Boston really is strong and not afraid of anything and to finally cross that finish line!”
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