Meet 13 Students Running The Boston Marathon

By April 9, 2017News

And you thought midterms were tough…

The Boston Marathon is officially one week away. From now until the big day, we’ll be sharing bits and pieces of what it’s like to not only train for one of the biggest athletic events in the world, but to keep your grades up while doing it. To start off, meet thirteen students running the Boston Marathon and the organizations they’re running for. And while you’re at it, make sure your grab your ticket for the CLIF Cheer Zone.

Jesse Carmen, Boston College ’18.

Getting her Masters at BC’s School of Social Work, Jesse is running for City Year Boston, an organization that works “to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support the students in the communities actually need, and what their schools are designed to provide.”

Madeline Perlewitz, Boston College ’17.

A psychology major, Madeline is running for 261 Fearless, a group of over 100 female runners who are raising money to empower women globally through the non-profit founded by pioneer marathoner, Kathrine Switzer.

Sarah Woods, Boston College ’17.

A nursing major, Sarah’s running for the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Vernon Cancer Center, whose main mission is “to treat and care for our patients as we would a beloved family member.”

Olivia Polise, Boston College ’19.


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A nursing student, Olivia is running on the Brigham and Women’s Stepping Strong Team, which will “benefit the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. The mission of the center is to realize the full potential of interdisciplinary innovation, at BWH and beyond, to transform trauma research and care.”

Erin Tichenor, Boston University ’19.

A sociology major, Erin qualified to run the Boston Marathon. Casual.

Bailey Fritzinger, Northeastern University ’18.

A psychology major, Bailey is running for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, which “aims to raise $5 million in pursuit of the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.”


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Leah Burkholder, Northeastern University ’17. 

As a Boston native and student in the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program, Leah is running for the Boston Police Foundation. The BPF “provides private financial support for critically needed resources to the Boston Police Department, the oldest police department in the country.”

Meghan Jastrzembski, Northeastern University ’17.

A health science major, Meghan is running for Team buildOn. buildOn breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education! Lexi, a student from Northeastern, ran for buildOn in last year’s Boston Marathon!

Michaella Niro, Northeastern University ’17.


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A marketing major, Michaella is running for Team Brookline, a team that supports five local charities. More specifically, her team supports the Brookline Community Mental Health Center.

Samantha Poccia, Simmons College ’18.

A graduate student in the Nutrition program, Sam is running for Brigham Women’s Gillian Reny Foundation for Trauma Innovation…same organization as Olivia we mentioned up above!

Jian Xiong Lim, Tufts University ’17.

An economics major, Jian is running on the Tufts Marathon Team. for Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. The Tufts Marathon Team runs to “support nutrition, medical, and fitness programs at Tufts University, including research on childhood obesity at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.”

Michael Wang, Tufts University ’17.

A community health major, Michael is also running on the Tufts Marathon Team.

Paige Kracke, Tufts University ’17.

Another economics major, Paige is running alongside Jian and Michael on the Tufts Marathon Team.

Check back later this week for more on these incredible students and reserve your spot at the CLIF Cheer Zone so you can cheer them on on Marathon Monday! PS: Know a college student running the marathon that we missed? Let us know!

Author Sarah Gaines

Sarah Gaines in the founder Fit University. Her favorite things include weight lifting, yoga, cooking, social media, traveling & ice cream. Personal motivation: changing the college fitness game.

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