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Meet our 2018 Boston Marathon Team


Eddie Hulton

       The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress is proud to be an official Partner of John Hancock in the Marathon Non-Profit Program. The Non-Profit Program provides over 1000 Boston Marathon® bibs to select non-profit organizations throughout the community, which provides organizations with a significant fundraising opportunity. Last year, John Hancock Non-Profit Runners raised over $13.1M for their causes.

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If you have another event on your personal “must do” list – be it a marathon, triathlon, swim or bicycle race – you, too, can help the MDSC. Whether the event takes place in Massachusetts, Maine or Mexico, the MDSC will help you directly translate your physical exertion into critical funds and public awareness for Down syndrome (see Race for Awareness below).

Whatever your event, let the mission of the MDSC be a source of inspiration as you train. When crossing the finish line means having made a difference in the lives of people with Down syndrome, it never felt so good.

Please note: There is a separate application process for each Race for MDSC event. Fundraising minimums apply to all events. 

Boston Marathon
The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress is proud to be an official charity of the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program for the 2019 Boston Marathon to be held on Monday, April 15, 2019. We are currently accepting applications for charity runners and qualified runners who will receive their number through the B.A.A to represent the Team MDSC 2019 Boston Marathon Team. Apply by emailing your interest to Reaghan Bik at race@mdsc.org

Nine years ago, the MDSC was first selected as an official charity of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), host of the historic Boston Marathon™. Since then, dozens of dedicated individuals have had the opportunity to fulfill their personal dream and run the marathon in honor of a loved one with Down syndrome.

Led by Coach Susan Hurley of CharityTeams, each team member accomplished a monumental feat in completing the grueling 26.2 mile course. But they achieved so much more. By training, racing and ultimately crossing the finish line, they also raised significant awareness and funds totaling over $300,000 to directly support our programs and services. Susan, a premier marathon runner herself, has continued to lead Team MDSC to great success.

Since 2012, the MDSC has been an official charity of the John Hancock™ Non-Profit Marathon Program, raising over $260,000 to date. We were proud to return as an official charity for the renowned 2017 Boston Marathon™ and are grateful for the charity bibs we received from the John Hancock™ Non-Profit Marathon Program for the 121st Boston Marathon.

Benefits of running for Team MDSC include:

  •            All Charity runners will receive and official bib into the 2017 Boston Marathon
  •          This program is managed by CharityTeams.com which provides runners with the guidance and encouragement to successfully meet the goals of both running and fundraising
  •          All runners will have a personalized online fundraising page and receive fundraising support from the MDSC and CharityTeams
  •            MDSC running singlet
  •            Transportation to race starting line
  •            Invitation to MDSC pre-race even
  •        Opportunity to participate in organized weekly group runs on the Boston Marathon® course complete with aid station support
  •        CharityTeams weekly communications and monthly meetings with guest speakers
  •          Swag – lots of gear to wear before, during and after running
  •          A positive team experience and memorable journey of running the historic Boston Marathon  

Please e-mail race@mdsc.org if you are interested in joining Team MDSC for the 2019 Boston Marathon. 


Falmouth Road Race

Every August, 20+ runners, both first-timers and old-timers, earn spots on MDSC’s team to compete in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race. Known as one of the best non-marathon races in the country, this seven-mile course thrills runners as they hug the scenic Cape Cod’s shoreline. Please note: Qualified runners who get a waiver can also join the team. 

Race for Awareness (Other Endurance Events)

If you are participating in another endurance event and would like to support the MDSC as part of your journey, please complete the Race for Awareness application. We will set you up with your own personal fundraising page and provide you with a MDSC singlet.

If you are interested in participating in a Race for MDSC event or have other questions, email us at race@mdsc.org.