Paul Cherchia likes to aim for the stars by setting lofty goals. He is a relative newcomer to the running scene who has been training seriously and
competing for two short years. In that time the Brighton resident has raced in 10K events and successfully completed a half marathon. This spring, Cherchia decided to take his running to the next level and tackle a marathon. He was thrilled when he was picked to be a member of the team representing Special Olympics Massachusetts at the prestigious Boston Marathon. Cherchia has been surrounded by individuals with intellectual disabilities most of his life; his father is a clinical psychologist, his mother is a social worker and he is currently following in the footsteps of his parents by working as a mentor for special needs students at Mass Bay Community College. Aligning with Special Olympics seemed to be a good fit for Cherchia due to his familiarity with the mental health industry and his passion for running and staying healthy.
Although training this past winter proved to be challenging, Cherchia found the motivation to run in the cold and snow through thoughts of improving the lives of those with intellectual disabilities. He took tough days in stride and remained steadfast about pounding the pavement in order to raise over $5,000 to provide sports training and health education opportunities to athletes in Massachusetts. Cherchia invites all as well as residents of his hometown of Medway to visit www.specialolympicsma.org/marathon to provide support and help him reach his fundraising goal.