Bethany is from Natick, MA and grew up watching the Boston Marathon from the intersection of 135 and Speen Street. Year after year, she watched thousands of runners as they took on the marathon, and knew someday she would too.
Q: Do you have any connection to the Boston Marathon? I grew up watching the Marathon in Natick. It is a positive childhood memory. I have been a runner since high school and I love it. I have participated in half marathons and other races. My sisters have both run Boston and I am excited to have the opportunity to do so this year!
Bethany has been a kindergarten teacher for the past 12 years, and currently works at Upham Elementary School in Wellesley, MA. Through teaching, she has been able to work with children with intellectual disabilities and has “always felt it was important to help them feel successful and welcome in the classroom.” For this reason, Bethany picked Special Olympics as her charity of choice for the Boston Marathon.
Q: What does Special Olympics mean to you? I love the message of Special Olympics. The organization believes in children and so do I. We have to give everyone a fair chance to feel successful and reach for their dreams. Special Olympics provides so many children and adults these wonderful opportunities.
On top of helping over 12,000 Special Olympic Massachusetts athletes, Bethany gets to complete a goal that she set as a child.
Q: What’s the craziest thing on your bucket list? A big thing on my bucket list is running the Boston Marathon and now I am preparing for it! Yay!
Special Olympics Massachusetts is excited to watch you check off the craziest thing on your bucket list! Best of luck on race day.