Sam Oliver is looking to take on one of the greatest challenges of his life when he joins 25,000 additional runners at the starting line of the historic Boston Marathon on April 16th. The grueling 26.2 mile race will be his first-ever marathon but he feels prepared due to intense training he has endured over the past year; particularly the last three months. Sam will be running as part of the elite, Team SOMA where he and his six teammates will race to raise money for Special Olympics athletes’ training, competition and health education. Being part of this prestigious team and the chance to provide a better way of life to those who overcome incredible obstacles each day has helped Sam remain motivated on tough training days.
Sam has been an athlete most of his life and since graduating high school eight years ago, he has been particularly focused on working-out and weight lifting to stay in shape. He starting concentrating on running about a year ago to boost his cardio fitness and found that he greatly enjoyed his running sessions. His newfound passion for running caused Sam to rapidly increase his distances and soon afterward, he set his sights on competing in a marathon. Sam lives in Tyngsboro and is thrilled that his first marathon will be in Boston as it is close to home. He is also proud to represent Special Olympics and knows he will derive a great deal of strength thinking about the obstacles the organization’s athletes conquer every day he embarks on one of the most significant endeavors of his own life.
Sam and his Team SOMA members hope to raise $40,000 to support year-round training, competitions and health education for individuals with intellectual disabilities. He is pleased to be part of such a prestigious team representing an incredible organization and he looks forward to providing support to athletes for many more years into the future. Sam invites all Tyngsboro residents to visit his fundraising page to help him reach his goal of changing the world for people with disabilities: http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamSpecialOlympicsMA/fundraiser/massachusettsspecial