Team Challenge ALS Takes on the Boston Marathon—And Wins

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Running a marathon, to most people, may seem like the ultimate individual event, a true bucket list moment. Afterall, only the individual runner can put in the long hours of training to get ready for the race, and only the individual runner can will themselves to put one foot in front of the other to complete the 26.2 miles.

But the group of 11 individuals who joined together for the 2024 Team Challenge ALS Boston Marathon shows that while each runner completes a marathon on their own, the results of the group can sometimes be so much greater, in so many ways.

I was fortunate enough to oversee and work with 11 incredible people over these past few months. To get to meet them and communicate with them and then of course, see them succeed so well from both an endurance and fundraising standpoint, speaks for itself. I could not be any prouder to have simply had the chance to work with them. All credit goes to them.”
Paul Seaver
ALS Association Community Engagement and Events Manager
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Jackie-Reiss
Jackie Reiss

“It's been a longtime dream of mine to run Boston, and I couldn't imagine a better group to run for. The ALS Association is providing crucial services and support to those diagnosed with this terrible disease and is helping in the fight to find a cure. I'm so honored to be giving back to the ALS Association by raising money to help fund future programs.”

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Shane Troy

“My dad was diagnosed with ALS in July of this year. In that moment, I decided I was going to find a way to help us all work toward a cure while simultaneously giving my dad something to look forward to.”

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Ryan-Cleary
Ryan Cleary

“My uncle was diagnosed with ALS last year, which came as a shock to my entire family. I had just run Boston for the first time a few months before the diagnosis, and decided I would try to run the marathon again if I could find a team raising money for ALS research.”

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Jessica Hajjar

“In the wake of the recent loss of my beloved mother to the relentless grip of ALS, I find solace and purpose in turning pain into action. I am undertaking the incredible challenge of running the Boston Marathon; to honor the memory of a woman whose resilience and grace defined her battle with this cruel disease.”

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Louis Adamian

“I am running the marathon to raise money to fight ALS in honor of my father, David, who was diagnosed in 2021. As running has been such an integral part of his fight already, running the marathon allows me to continue to support him in the most fitting way possible.”

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Lauren O’Halloran

“My interest in running the 2024 Boston Marathon is to honor my dad, Kevin, who was diagnosed with ALS and Frontotemporal Dementia in 2020 and passed away in 2021. Throughout my life, my dad taught my sisters and me to try new things, do our best, and, most importantly, to always have fun! I am not a lifelong runner, but I couldn’t be more excited to take on this challenge to honor the memory of my smiling dad whose unwavering positive outlook will propel me through the finish line and stay with me forever.”

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Devin Romanul

“In April 2022, my mother-in-law Prudence was diagnosed with ALS. This has been a devastating 2-year stretch for our family, and we became acutely aware of the urgent need for advocacy, advancements in research, and treatments. Prudence passed away in January and telling her that I was raising money for the ALS Association and running the Boston Marathon in her honor was one of the very last things I was able to communicate to her.”

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Colleen McCormack

“I joined the ALS Association team for the Boston Marathon in memory of my aunt and godmother, Mary O'Donnell. My aunt courageously battled ALS for 4 years until her passing in November 2014. While now, almost 10 years later, and with great strides made in the fight against ALS, there is still so much work to be done. I want to contribute to and represent a community that supports continued development and research to find a cure against this dreaded disease so other families and individuals no longer have to face the tragic effects of ALS.”

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Danielle Calandra

"My Grandy was diagnosed with ALS in the early 2000s and passed away in January 2003. I come from a very close family, so losing her is a loss we still feel today. In 2021, I received an email from the ALS Association about running the Boston Marathon in the monthly newsletter. I hadn’t run a marathon yet and told myself the next time the opportunity arose I would take it.”

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John Kelly

“My brother-in-law was recently diagnosed with ALS. I contacted the ALS Association with the hope of participating in the Boston Marathon 2025 to raise funds and awareness for this debilitating disease. Astonishingly, within just an hour, they responded with an incredible opportunity: an extra bib for this year's Boston Marathon 2024! This unexpected chance to run has left me both humbled and motivated. With every stride I take, I aim to honor all those affected by ALS.”

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Kara-Mannion
Kara Mannion*

“I decided to run the 26.2 miles again for my aunt, Della, who was diagnosed with ALS in April of 2023. She has been handling the diagnosis with such strength and optimism which has motivated me to run Boston for her and our family.”

*Could not run due to an injury. 

Special thanks to all the members of the 2024 Team Challenge ALS Boston Marathon team for helping to make an impact in the fight to end ALS. To learn how you can take part in a Team Challenge ALS® event, CLICK HERE.

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Submitted by: Halee B. on Sun, 06/16/2024

My dad just passed away from ALS after an 8 year battle. Before my dad was diagnosed he loved running marathons. I would love to be informed if there is ever a running event to help raise money.

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