Meet our runners: Shannon Rielly

For the second year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 16. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP!

[caption id="attachment_756" align="alignleft" width="90" caption="Shannon Rielly"][/caption]Runner: Shannon Rielly
Longest run to date: 15 miles
Favorite song to listen to while running: Depends on my mood of course but really anything that can pump me up
Favorite post-run snack: I live off of peanut butter sandwiches!

  1. Why did you choose to run the 2012 Boston Marathon for MMP?
  2. I have always been a runner and have had a goal to run the Marathon, but I wanted to do it for a reason. I have been involved in Big Friends Little Friends for almost four years and my little brother is so important in my life. I felt as though Team MMP was the perfect team to run for!

  3. What has been the most rewarding experience of your training and/or fundraising so far?
  4. The fundraising has definitely been the hardest part, but it has been so rewarding to see the number of people who give. Many of my family members and friends have reached out to people they know on my behalf, and I cannot believe the number of people who give who I have never even met or talked to. It is very inspiring.

  5. Tell me about your mentee! Have you told him about the Marathon?
  6. My mentee is named Kevin and he is 8-years-old. I have told him about the Marathon, but I am not sure if he understands how long 26 miles really is. He always says to me, “Can I run it with you because I can run faster than you! I can beat you!” I think deep down he is really appreciative.

  7. What is the best piece of advice a mentor can give?
  8. “You can accomplish anything you put your mind to.” Personally, I have always been a driven person, but I realize now that some children aren’t given the amount of encouragement as I was. I like to tell my mentee he can do anything if he tries.

  9. Complete this sentence: When I finish the Marathon, I will feel…
  10. Accomplished. This has been something I have had on my mind for years, and I know when I finish I will be extremely proud of myself.

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