Meet Our Runners
Alan Cherkasky
Twenty-four marathons, dozens of races and a plethora of triathlons have taught Kaukauna, Wisconsin native Alan Cherkasky one very important lesson: the journey's the thing.  Since tackling his first marathon race in 1986, Alan has made countless friends, given back to the community, created a Triathlon Club, been a consummate father to four and taken care of his town as its premier family physician.  He claims that his greatest achievement is not crossing the finish line at each race, but acquiring lifelong friendships along the way.

Whether appearing on television to offer advice on a wide range of medical topics, or grabbing the hand of a struggling runner during a triathlon, Alan savors the moments of his life.  It wasn't always that way, he says. As a kid, he was never picked first for gym class and had no desire to exercise.  While following in his father's footsteps by attending medical school, he discovered running to stay in shape and burn off some studying steam.

Alan has run the Boston Marathon 16 times and has raised over $130,000 for charity through these races.  Alan feels proud to be able to contribute to an organization and remain on the team for a second year in order to make a difference in families’ and childrens’ lives.
Alan Montekio
Also back for his second year, the Project Hope Marathon team was not complete until Alan Montekio, 52, of Toronto, Canada, joined in the fun.  Alan began running eleven years ago to keep in shape. It wasn’t until he began to run races, including seven half marathons, that Alan thought he was ready to go the distance. In 2010, he completed his first marathon in Toronto while his wife and two children cheered him to the finish line. As a business owner and busy father, Alan works hard to fit in marathon training. Whether running with an organized group or clocking miles with a few close friends, he says that being active releases stress and helps make the pressures of owning his own business disappear. At the urging of his friend Marc Caminetsky, Alan decided to take on a new challenge last year by running the Boston Marathon with the Project Hope Marathon Team.  He says he can hardly wait to run for a second time in support of Project Hope.
Bob Gifford
Bob Gifford, of Brookline, is thrilled to be part of the Project Hope Marathon Team for the second year in a row. He feels running for Project Hope makes such a difference in the lives of so many others. Just four years ago, Bob began his running career to fulfill a life goal and has not stopped pounding the pavement since.

Friends and family got Bob to the Boston finish line of the 2010 Marathon. From the crowded Hopkinton corrals, to the kissing Wellesley College girls and through the throngs of screaming fans on Beacon Street, Bob had the time of his life running his first marathon in Boston.

Bob's company Gifford Productions produces educational and informational videos and websites for companies and organizations. He orchestrated a fundraising video for Project Hope that received accolades at an annual breakfast event. Bob's sons Alex and Matt have also followed in Dad’s footsteps, making newspaper headlines for their own causes while wife Jamesie Gifford volunteers her time and talent helping Project Hope moms and their families. Bob will run Heartbreak Hill many times this winter not only to satisfy his desire to run, but also to make the world better for the women of Project Hope.
Bobby Ryter
Bobby Ryter is passionate – about family, fitness, work and running.  This enthusiasm is the essence of his personality and the reason why he has decided to run his seventh marathon with the Project Hope Marathon Team. After completing six marathons, dozens of half marathons and countless road races, it is no surprise to those who know Bobby that he is ready for the challenge of Boston 2012.  Years of high school sports and competitive running helped mold the ambitious professional and energetic father Bobby is today.  Several years ago, Bobby suffered a health scare that would have derailed most fitness careers.  Instead, he used this event as a teaching moment and proceeded to get into top shape.  Today, Bobby runs faster than he has in years, attends a rigorous boot camp, works out at the gym and has revamped his eating habits to include nutritionally sound choices.  He is a great role model to his three children and has inspired his oldest son to run races with him over the past few years.  When the demands of tax season end for this CPA, Bobby enjoys running with his wife Holli and cherishes their quality time on the road. Inspired by his friends who created the Project Hope Marathon Team, Bobby has committed to run the 2012 Boston Marathon and raise money for Project Hope. He is looking forward to visiting Project Hope and getting to know the organization better so he can spread the word about his endeavor.  When Bobby crosses his seventh marathon finish line this year, he will be able to do it for his family, his love  of the sport and for the many women at Project Hope whose lives will be forever changed by his efforts.
Dan Montero
When Dan Montero of Naples, Florida, got a call from his friend and running partner about a number for the Boston Marathon, Dan jumped at the chance to run the world’s most prestigious race.  Although he and his wife enjoy the sport of running, Dan has never run a marathon.  He says that the challenge of preparing for a 26.2- mile race, and the support of his friend and fellow teammate Tim McLean, are what convinced him to become a member of the 2012 Project Hope Marathon Team. Dan came out of the fundraising gate strong. In only a few short weeks, he was able to raise over $2,000 to help the women of Project Hope move up and out of poverty and is still raising funds. As an independent business owner and a father, Dan understands that helping others is of utmost importance to being successful in work and in life.   He is reaching out to friends and colleagues for support in his campaign for Project Hope. Together with Tim, Dan is training diligently each week.  Representing the team in Florida, and mostly in shorts, the two tackle long runs along the beach in Naples and around the city.  The Florida heat will help Dan and Tim prepare for whatever conditions the April 16 race may bring. Dan says he is looking forward to exploring Boston and meeting his fellow teammates who have been a constant source of support and amusement over the past few months.  The Project Hope staff looks forward to greeting Dan during the Marathon Weekend festivities.
Jay Warner
Five years ago, Jay Warner of Andover, MA, never imagined he would run a mile, let alone a marathon.  This year Jay will not only run his first marathon, he will also compete in his first Ironman triathlon race. Even the most fit of athletes would say that Jay is crazy to do these two things as ‘firsts’ in one year, but those people don’t know Jay.  Jay is driven in all areas of his life. From running a successful company to spending quality time with his wife and children, Jay believes that his life should be filled with memorable moments. Growing up in the Western part of Massachusetts, Jay played a variety of high school sports.  Joining recreational sports teams throughout his post-college years kept Jay active and competitive. As members of the groups grew older with more constraints on their time, Jay said it was difficult to find enough players to create teams. He took up running as a way to stay fit.  Before long, Jay was competing in triathlons which included a 13.1 mile run.  When a friend introduced him to the Project Hope Marathon Team this year, Jay jumped at the chance to join the group. Growing up in Massachusetts, Jay was keenly aware of the legendary Boston Marathon and how it affects the community in a positive way.  He is honored to be able to run this great race in 2012. As a member of the Project Hope Marathon Team, Jay will raise money for Project Hope and Homestart, another Boston based non-profit.  The Project Hope Marathon Team is thrilled to count Jay among its members this year!
Jennifer Davis
Ten years ago running was the furthest thing from 44 year-old Needham resident Jennifer Davis’ mind.  She had just given birth to her second child and was inundated with the role of wife and mother. Several months later, Jennifer wanted to get into better shape for her energized young children. A few jogs here and there turned into a lifetime of accomplishments including eight Boston Marathon finishes for charity, over 30 road races, and a degree in personal training.

Jennifer says running is a sport that allows her to set goals for herself. Each race raises her self-esteem, giving her a strong feeling of accomplishment. As a busy mother of two, Jennifer fits exercise into her day so that her children will understand that staying healthy is a lifestyle priority. As a Certified Personal Trainer, she works with women and young adults who want to learn how to get in shape, many for whom it is the first time in their lives.  She teaches a philosophy of healthy eating, cross-training and never saying ‘I can’t.’  She says most people could never imagine themselves running a marathon. Her response is always the same. She tells each one that she went from barely running two miles to completing seven marathon races in Boston because she set goals and motivated herself to fulfill them.

Jennifer will complete her ninth marathon as a returning member of the Project Hope Marathon Team. She says that meeting the women of Project Hope last year and helping them learn how to set goals for themselves was an exciting experience for her and she looks forward to conducting more sessions with these exceptional women.
Julie McHugh
Julie McHugh grew up in a family motivated to achieve athletic goals. Although Julie began her running career in 1995, she had played many sports in the years prior to that first day on the pavement.  Today, Julie and her three sisters have run the table on races, completing everything from half-marathons to 50-mile races.   While Julie runs to clear her head and boost her energy, she also enjoys the challenge of training for competition. In 2001, Julie entered her first race. Several years later, she found herself joyously at the finish line of the 2004 Marine Corps Marathon. The mother of all marathons, as Julie coins it, was not on her bucket list until last year, when her sister’s boyfriend regaled his experience as an inaugural member of the Project Hope Marathon Team.  Julie was both intrigued by the organization and in awe of running what most call the most prestigious marathon in the world. To prepare for the 2012 Boston Marathon, Julie intends to train several times a week by running the streets of Washington, DC. She is Auntie to four boys and three girls and lives near to her parents and her siblings.  When she is not working hard to raise money for Project Hope or train for her first Boston Marathon, Julie works in Staffing for Cisco Systems and practices yoga. Julie says she will ask all of her friends and family to contribute to her marathon endeavor so that she can make a great impact while doing something she truly loves.
Marc Caminetsky
Four days a week, one may find Team Captain Marc Caminetsky, of Newton, MA, running to the sounds of his favorite music mix. Two days a week, he can be spotted at the gym or on his home elliptical machine, determined to stay in top shape while training for one of the most elite races in the world.  It wasn’t always this way for Marc. Prior to his fortieth birthday, exercise and diet were not even on his radar. Seven years and 85 pounds later, Marc has completed five Boston Marathon races, numerous half marathons and an abundance of 5 and 10K races.

 From the time he was a teenager, Marc had always been out of shape and overweight. Calling himself a ‘walking heart attack’ at age 40, he had to make a change for his wife and two daughters.  He found a supervised diet program that focused on nutrition and exercise. Marc dropped 85 pounds in 13 weeks. A year later, he tried running and before long decided to take his fitness to the next level.  He ran his first marathon to show his family that anyone can achieve a goal if they work hard and stay focused.

Just running marathons was not enough for Marc. Last year, he encouraged his close group of running friends to pool their marathon fundraising efforts on behalf of a local charity that directly benefits families in need. Through his efforts, hard work and persistence, Marc and ten charity runners created the first ever marathon team for Project Hope in Roxbury. It is Marc’s hope that his efforts will create an ongoing marathon charity running program for Project Hope and its families.
Marc Pollina
It appears there isn’t an athletic challenge that Marc Pollina, 44, of Boston won’t meet and conquer: Three-sport high school athlete. College baseball team captain. Aspiring triathlete. Eleven-time marathon finisher.   As one of the founding members of the Project Hope Marathon Team, Marc will not only run his twelvth marathon (faster than his teammates), but he will also be able to add charitable fundraiser AND qualified runner to his long list of achievements. Financial advisor by day and screenwriter by night, Marc finds time at 4:30 a.m. to train for the 2012 Boston Marathon.  A self-proclaimed treadmillophobe, Marc prefers running outdoors in the fresh air, even when New England serves up the wintry mix he was unaccustomed to seeing in his childhood in Naples, FL. He loves running because he feels it’s a metaphor for life: what you put in is what you get out.  When it comes to Boston, Marc believes there are worse things to do on a Monday morning than have thousands of fans lining the streets, handing you food, and cheering your name as you “commute” to the city. As Marc raises money for a cause in which he believes deeply, he has the love and support of an upcoming star athlete, his 15 year-old son, Chase.  Before he hangs up his running shoes, Marc hopes to one day cross the finish line in Boston with his son.
Mark Cinelli
Although Mark Cinelli has never run a marathon, he is one of  the fittest members of the 2012 Project Hope Marathon Team. As the Regional Director of Sports Performance for a nationally recognized athletic training facility and a sports performance coach for two Boston area sports teams, Mark’s knowledge and expertise in the field of fitness exceeds many runners who have five, seven and even ten marathons under their belts. 
Growing up in Somerville, Massachusetts, Mark played a plethora of sports and spent endless hours coaching fellow teammates. His early passion for team sports led him to discover ways to help individuals recover from injuries so that they could develop the strength needed for a lengthy sports career. Mark received a BS in Athletic Training and an MS in Sports Medicine, Injury Prevention and Management. Today he is now a licensed/certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Combine 360 Trainer, and a Certified Nutrition Manager.

In addition to working with sports teams across the country, creating his own blog for the Boston Herald and running successful programs for teams and individuals who want to stay fit, Mark, aka Mr. Fit, is a husband and a proud father of two children. Although he has used elements of running to stay in shape, Mark did not enter an organized race until the fall of 2011. Participating in a half marathon piqued his interest in running the Boston Marathon, a race that he had helped many people train for in the past.

Mark became aware of Project Hope through one of the marathon team’s founding members and instantly became connected to the cause of helping women move up and out of poverty. In order to prepare for the race, Mark runs three days a week and trains hard every other day of the week with a multitude of strength exercises. Mark says that when he hits the streets for his weekly runs, he thinks about how lucky he is to be able to help someone out in need. Project Hope is honored to have Mark on its side and can’t wait to greet him at the finish line!
Matt O'Malley
Matt O’Malley says the feeling of running the Boston Marathon is hard to describe accurately to anyone who has not experienced it first-hand.  After completing four races from Hopkinton to Boston and one additional 26.2-mile Marine Corp race in Washington, DC, he has decided to join the 2012 Project Hope Marathon Team and once again conquer the challenge of his favorite hometown race.  This time, however, the cause is near and dear to his heart. Matt became connected to Sister Margaret and her work with women facing poverty about six years ago when he was invited to join the Development Advisory Committee. Since then he has been an active and committed volunteer for the organization.   As a native Bostonian and the youngest of three children, Matt has always felt deeply for families in need in the city.  As a Boston City Councilor, he is using his position to help those in need including petitioning to help seniors who are lost with a Silver Alert system, working to make neighborhoods safer, striving to achieve excellence in education, and much more.  As a runner, he is simply trying to finish the 26.2-mile race and reach his fundraising goal. Today, Matt lives in Jamaica Plain, not far from his family. He grew up watching his father run marathons and became interested in the sport in college.  Matt finds running both beneficial to his health and a great source of pride.  As a member of the Project Hope Marathon Team, Matt is able to combine his love for the sport with his deep connection to the organization’s mission. His goal is not to win Boston, but simply to make others feel passionate about helping others in need.
Mimi Golub
Mimi Golub, from Newton, has practiced the art of competitive sports and running for over thirty years. What began as drills on the high school tennis court blossomed into her favorite exercise activity throughout college and well into her young adult life. Her running career was paused briefly to make room for a twin pregnancy, but only briefly.  Within a year after giving birth, Mimi and her jogger stroller filled with two babies was featured in Shape magazine.

Encouraged by her husband’s new love of the sport, she decided to enter a few local 5 and 10k races. The courses were exciting and the thrill of competition energized Mimi. She stuck to small races and taking care of her small children.  Ron began to train for his first marathon and Mimi watched him in awe as he valiantly completed the race and raised money for charity. It wasn’t long before Mimi caught the bug too.

Six years later, thousands of dollars raised for charity and one qualifying time in Boston under her belt, Mimi is thrilled to be running a second year for this team she helped to create.
Norman Lang
Norman Lang, of Brookline, is a man who not only wants to change the world; he spends the majority of his free time trying to accomplish this desire. He lends his energy and enthusiasm to the community of Boston and, in turn, the community of Boston is grateful to have Norman Lang in their court.

Norman has raised over $270,000 while running ten marathon races in Boston. He is not the fastest runner, nor is he the most competitive. What Norman is, however, is a believer in causes that can directly affect individuals in need. His deft skills behind the still and video cameras are put to good use for wonderful organizations including the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Project Hope. Norman is Chair of the Vision 5K race and a member of Mayor Menino’s Steering Committee for Powered Up Boston. It is because of Norman’s vision that the idea for the Project Hope Marathon Team came to fruition.

Norm sets a good example for his two sons. Norman is also musically inclined and often shares the stage with his son to perform.  An altruistic, compassionate and kind man, Norman lives a full life. Whether working hard as Managing Director for a large financial institution or creating a video for a friend’s band or a special charity, Norman remains committed to every project he undertakes.
Paul Trotter
Most novice Boston Marathon runners are shaken by the hills that greet them from mile 16 to mile 22.  In Paul Trotter’s case, these rolling streets of lore will seem like a walk in the park. A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Paul runs at least 30 to 40 miles a week through New Zealand wine country known far and wide for its luscious and mountainous landscape. Paul began running in 2007 and has since completed two marathons in New Zealand and one last November in New York City.  He leads a busy life, splitting his time between his home in Auckland and San Jose, CA, for his software company, spending quality days with his wife Michelle and their four small children, and training consistently for marathons.  He also manages to somehow squeeze in refereeing and coaching rugby for local club teams near his home.  Although New York has been the highlight of his race career to date, Paul is excited to run the 2012 Boston Marathon because runners and non-runners alike hold it in such high regard.  Encouraged by founding member Marc Caminetsky to join the 2012 Project Hope Marathon Team, Paul has begun his fundraising campaign for Project Hope by reaching out to his large network of business and social contacts. He wants to be successful to help set an example for his four children and teach them that exercise, and repairing the world, can be done by anyone – even if one is as far away from Boston as New Zealand.
Richard Snyder
Still a newlywed, Richard Snyder, lives at mile 24 of the Boston Marathon course in Brookline, and works as a food broker in Massachusetts.  Although a competitive athlete his entire life, Richard did not pursue running as a serious sport until 2004 when his two best friends convinced him to run a half marathon (13.1 miles.)  Training was arduous and the race a true challenge. Richard gracefully arrived at the finish line with his two best friends. He had officially caught the running bug.  He found within himself the courage and strength to attempt a full marathon, but knew he would only do it with the commitment of his best friends.

After months of rigorous training and learning all about the sport, race day arrived in April. Athlete’s Village in Hopkinton, Massachusetts was filled with runners just like Richard and his buddies. It was overwhelming and exhilarating to see so many brave souls surrounding him, getting ready to run 26.2 miles across seven towns.  Not only was Richard running his first marathon, he was raising funds to better the lives of others in need. Five years of marathons later, hundreds of miles logged and tens of thousands of dollars raised for charity, Richard has taken on a new challenge by creating a marathon team for Project Hope with his closest friends and running partners. This year is his second year running on the team he helped to create.

As a member of the Project Hope Marathon Team, Richard hopes to achieve great fundraising success for the organization. He also will continue to enjoy the camaraderie of his friends as he trains through the grueling winter months to get to the Boston Marathon start line this April.
Ron Golub
In high school, Ron Golub, of Newton, was the trainer for the football team. He would splint a finger, ice a knee, and bandage a foot.  He played softball and was the lead singer and guitarist in a rock band.  He was not a runner.

Today, Ron has completed nine marathons, eight in Boston and one in Philadelphia.  He has completed countless road races, including 12 on the famous Falmouth course, and he clocks about 20 to 25 miles a week. Getting up to go for a run at 5:45 am before work is not easy, says Ron. However, he couldn’t imagine a life without exercise and training for marathons.  He says he is grateful that his body still allows him to run the 26.2-mile race.

A Commercial Real Estate Developer by day, Ron commits time to local charitable activities in Boston and has raised thousands through his marathon efforts. As a volunteer, he recently completed the construction of an 82,000 square foot LEED certified independent school in Dedham and continues to serve on boards in the Boston area. He says being a father teaches him that giving back to the community is important for their future. Project Hope is the perfect vehicle for Ron’s time and energy. As a founding member of the team, he's looking forward to race day this April.
Sam Cohen
After twenty marathon races and four children, some would hang up their sneakers for good.  Some are not Sam Cohen, 43, of Newton, Massachusetts.  At the age of 12, Sam began his running career by strapping 30 pounds of books on his back and jogging a few miles daily in his hometown of Westwood.  Running became a passion that continued as he entered college. One day, he and his friends calculated that they had run 24 miles around campus. A week later, Sam was encouraged to run the Boston Marathon. He hasn’t stopped going the distance since that time. Twenty years later, Sam has completed many marathons in Boston, Las Vegas and Orlando.  His wife Rachel joined him for two races before the birth of their four children.  Today, Sam runs a successful environmental consulting business, stays active as a Dad and still finds time to exercise with friends and stay in shape. He says that running not only keeps his weight in check, it also helps him connect with the people he enjoys on a regular basis. Sam was encouraged to become a member of the Project Hope Marathon Team by his friend and running partner Ron Golub. Since joining, Sam has become very committed to the cause and to the idea that women and their families not only find housing and move out of poverty, but also break the cycle of poverty for their children.  As a father of one boy and three girls, Sam understands and appreciates the idea that children should be given an opportunity to flourish in society.  Sam’s passion has committed him to the team and to raising funds for Project Hope.
Scott Kaplan
Training for and completing five marathon races in Boston is no easy feat, but to Scott Kaplan, of Needham, MA, it is an integral part of his life. Growing up in Newton and watching the Boston Marathon, Scott was always amazed at how much effort each of the runners put forth as they climbed Heartbreak Hill. Running a local marathon was a dream of his, which he has continued to fulfill year after year.

Scott, who has played competitive sports since high school, stays involved by coaching many of his two sons’ athletic teams.  Even with a busy schedule, Scott manages to train diligently and raise money for a charitable cause. Running, he says, not only clears his head but also gives him a chance to spend time with many of his friends who also like to run.  Taking stride after stride connects him with his father who passed away in 2001 after many years of illness. Scott says that if his father could endure so much pain and difficulty without ever complaining, he could certainly make it through 26.2 miles of pushing himself to the limit. As a founding member of the Project Hope Marathon Team, Scott will be running his second year for Project Hope.
Scott Richardson
When Scott Richardson was 32 years old, he rediscovered the sport of running which he loved so much in high school.  He also decided that running a marathon was on his “bucket list” so he decided to give one a try.  Eleven years and 38 marathon races later, one can say that Scott far exceeded his desire to run a 26.2 mile race before his last day on earth.  Although his marathon prowess spans the globe, Scott has never laced up his sneakers to run from Hopkinton to Boston.  A resident of Medford, New Jersey, Scott is a member of the Marathon Maniacs and the 50 States Marathon clubs.  He has run races in 33 States to date, and plans on completing marathons across the United States.  Scott runs 25 miles per week and manages to fit in time as a CEO and father to two young children.  He says that running gives him a sense of peace and a way to enjoy the outdoors.  Scott is a new member of the 2012 Project Hope Marathon Team and he will also be raising money for the National Braille Press. Scott says that his company is very supportive of his fundraising efforts and will help him achieve his goal to raise money for Project Hope.  Scott cannot wait to run the famous Boston Marathon course and will begin to increase his training on a weekly basis to prepare for April.   He loves being a marathon runner.  Marathon runners, he says, are not as crazy as people say. They are simply really great people who share a really fun common bond.
Seana Gaherin
Seana Gaherin, of Sandwich, Massachusetts will run her third marathon on April 16, 2012.  This is no easy goal for a woman who works late every night operating Dunn-Gaherin’s, the restaurant she co-owns in Newton, Massachusetts. However, everyone who knows Seana well understands that her personal drive and her desire to help others will get her to the start line of the Boston Marathon again this year, even if her training runs have be completed around her crazy schedule. Seana not only enjoys the personal challenge of tackling a 26.2 mile race, she also loves raising money for Project Hope and helping women get back on their feet.  Growing up with five sisters gave Seana a clear understanding of what it takes for women to be independent and self-sufficient; therefore, it is only natural she would chose to connect with Project Hope and help carry out its mission. Ten years ago, Seana decided to start to run to help clear her head and stay in shape. Today she is training for her second marathon, while running a successful business and raising money for charity.  She is truly a role model for all women!
Tanya Maria
Two years ago, Tanya decided to run the Squirrel 5K (Jimmy Kennedy Memorial Run for ALS) in Quincy, MA. Although this Lassie had never been much of a sports gal while growing up in County Cork, Ireland, she was born with a ‘can do’ attitude.  After a few 5K races and a longer jaunt as part of the Falmouth Road Race in 2011, Tanya realized she had the physical and emotional wherewithall to train for the Boston Marathon. Tanya watched her dear friend Seana Gaherin take on the daunting task of training for a marathon while raising money for Project Hope in 2011. She did not, however, sit on the sidelines. Tanya jumped in with both feet and quickly became the inaugural team’s most diligent volunteer, happily handing out water and food in the freezing cold during the longest training runs. She immersed herself in the culture of Project Hope, getting to know the young women whose lives have been forever altered by the work of the organization. As a first-time runner, Tanya intends to start slowly and built her strength over the course of the four-month training season.  As the only runner in a family of three girls, she wants to make her family proud.  She has enjoyed getting to know the members of the Project Hope Marathon Team and hopes to bond with what she calls “a fun group who put their hearts and souls into Project Hope.” Tanya will say it is her cute accent that makes people warm up to her; those that know her will say it is her big heart and unrelenting positive attitude.  She says that running the 2012 Boston Marathon will make her feel like she is a part of a big legend, an accomplisher and a women who can soon say these three words with pride, “I finished Boston!”
Tom Reilley
Eight years ago, Tom Reilley laced up his marathon shoes for the last time, or so he thought.  He had completed eleven 26.2-mile races  and was confident that he had conquered his lifetime athletic goals.  What he did not expect, however, was to meet a man eight years later who would passionately convince him to climb Heartbreak Hill one more time. A native of New Jersey who resides in Boston, Tom is no stranger to staying fit. He began with a high school career in football, wrestling and track and moved into running during his college years.  Eight years ago, his marathon-training schedule was rigorous – twenty to forty miles a week.  He hopes to resuscitate that training plan as he prepares for the 2012 Boston Marathon race.  This year, however, he has come out of retirement because of Project Hope and all of the things that the organization accomplishes to help fight poverty in Boston.  His friend and colleague in the investment world, Norman Lang, convinced him that his new running shoes would not go to waste as part of the 2012 Project Hope Marathon Team, nor would his time and effort raising money for the cause.  Tom says he is not afraid to ask for money and he will do so through his business contacts, his website and word-of-month.  After all, Tom says the Boston Marathon is a great event and he strongly believes that everyone will help him make it to the finish line and help the women of Project Hope win their own personal races in the fight against poverty.
Tim McLean
Tim McLean has completed five marathons, not an unusual feat for a dedicated runner.  What makes his experience unique, however, is his ability to claim the China Marathon as one of his race accomplishments.  Tim says he traveled to China to complete a half marathon, but was goaded by a friend to go all the way.  After twenty miles, however, he hit what marathoners call “the wall” at the Wall. The experience taught Tim that training is a necessity when running 26.2 miles. A resident of Naples, Florida, Tim is one of the 2012 Project Hope Marathon Team’s out-of-town members.  He will train for the Boston Marathon alone, clocking nearly 60 miles a week on the roads of sunny Florida.  Although by himself, he deserves little sympathy. While his Boston teammates shiver through the brutal winter, Tim will be donning shorts and running along the ocean to prepare for the April race.  Tim says running helps him stay in shape and retreat from the rigors of working in banking.  After running Boston previously, he has learned that the best part of the race is both the fans’ enthusiasm and the complicated course. He has also run marathons in Baltimore, Palm Beach and New Orleans, making him a veteran of the sport and somewhat of a seasoned traveler.  What makes this year different for Tim is his commitment to raising money for Project Hope. Tim says that the organization is an excellent way to give back to the Boston community and helps him set a great example for his ten-year-old daughter.  The Project Hope staff looks forward to welcoming Tim with open arms!