Nine individuals will run the Boston Marathon to raise money for Special Olympics Massachusetts. We’ll profile them here in the coming weeks.
For over 16-years police officer, Dennis Symmonds has been dedicated to raising money for Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes at their annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. The fundraising effort is part of the Summer Games every year and generates dollars to help fund sports training and heath education opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities across Massachusetts. This year, Symmonds is excited to raise money for athletes in a different type of run – the 2011 Boston Marathon.
Symmonds is proud to be part of the elite Team SOMA; a seven-member group dedicated to raising over $5,000 each to fund programs for Massachusetts athletes. The Duxbury resident trained diligently and stayed motivated on snowy, icy roads during the winter months knowing he is representing athletes who have become his friends with over the years. Symmonds will join over 27,000 runners from all over the globe for his marathon debut on April 18th in the world’s oldest and most prestigious race.
As Symmonds travels from Hopkinton to the Back Bay he will stay energized through memories of working with incredible Special Olympics athletes. He invites all Duxbury residents and others to visit www.specialolympicsma.org/marathon to provide support and help him reach his fundraising goal.