By Emme Punches,
Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator
Tim McLaughlin has been an athlete his whole life but was never a runner; he left that to his wife. He cheered her on as she completed seven marathons and countless other fun runs, picking her up at the finish line and supporting her every step of the way. It wasn’t until his company decided to sponsor its employees in the Philadelphia Blue Cross Broad Street Run that Tim started to feel the drive to run.
This year Tim is participating alongside his wife in the Boston Marathon. What brought him to this race? Would you believe that it was the infamous Boston weather? Tim joined the thousands of spectators lining the marathon route on a particularly miserable cold and rainy day to watch his wife complete her 26.2 mile journey. As he stood there, frozen solid and soaked to the bone, he chatted with the strangers next to him. Tim found that most of the crowd wasn’t there to cheer on one specific person but to encourage every runner by keeping them energized with their infectious spirit and enthusiasm. The weather didn’t seem to bother a single person. He knew then that the Boston Marathon was a challenge he needed to take part in. The unwavering support of the Boston community and the dedication of the athletes was the inspiration Tim needed.
When looking for a charity to support during his run, Tim didn’t have to look far. With four children of his own he understands the important role education and physical activity play in their development. “Special Olympics Massachusetts is changing attitudes and giving perspective to able bodied people. It encourages everyone to get involved and educate themselves on the importance of acceptance and respect.”
As for the marathon? Tim is taking on this challenge with the love of his life by his side and the finish line ahead. He is proud to support Special Olympics Massachusetts and the thousands of amazing athletes.
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