Marathon Team

At Project Hope we help families believe in their own possibilities and to break through the barriers that keep them poor. Our running team symbolizes the struggles of our families with their hard work, dedication and commitment to reaching the finish line. Their journey of 26.2 miles, and all the months of training leading up to it, gives us the opportunity to raise vital funds by connecting to new sources of support. Thank you for supporting our team. Your support directly impacts homeless families in Boston. 

2018 Marathon Runners

Meet the wonderful people running on behalf of Project Hope this year:

Erynn Sweeney

We have the pleasure of welcoming back Erynn, who ran for us last year. Erynn is a dental hygienist who hails from Braintree. She began running on the cross country and track team in high school and fell in love with the sport and community. She does her training 5-6 times a week, first thing in the morning before work begins. Wow!

Please support Erynn by clicking on her page.

John & Pam Manley


John and Pam are new to our team this year, but not new to the marathon. John ran in 2009, and is excited to come back while helping Project Hope. They currently live in Duxbury with their two sons. They are great fans of the organization and Pam is the sister of our fabulous executive director, Christine Dixon. We are thankful to have them supporting our mission by running for us!

Please support John by clicking on his page.

Lizzy Leahy

We are welcoming back Lizzy, who successfully ran for us last year! Lizzy is a triathlete and this will be her second marathon. Although she grew up in Hingham, she is coming in from New York City to be with us on race day. Lizzy also paints and draws.

Please support Lizzy by clicking on her page.

Julia L.

Julia is joining her sister, Lizzy, as a Project Hope marathon team member. Like her sister, she is from Hingham but currently lives in New York City. This will be her first marathon, but she loves playing soccer which gives her lots of running experience. Please help us in welcoming Julia to the Project Hope family!

Please support Julia by clicking on her page.

Katherine Haney

Katherine is new to Project Hope, but not new when it comes to marathons! This will be her fifth marathon, although the first in her adopted home of Boston. She is originally from Tampa, Florida but now lives in Needham. She has been running since she was 15 years old, and feels this is a great way to supplement her work in the health and human services industry.

Please support Katherine by clicking on her page.

Monique Renee

Monique was born and raised in Boston. She currently works for Tufts Health Plan, and is excited to finally run in a marathon for her city. She began running because of her love of soccer, all the way back in elementary school! In addition to running, she loves to read about philosophy, ethics, and values.

Please support Monique by clicking on her page!

Sam Gagnon

Cape Cod native and Brighton resident, Sam is a great addition to our team this year. He heard about our organization via word of mouth and decided to investigate Project Hope for himself.  A natural athlete (a boxer), he started competitively running last year. This is his second marathon.

Please support Sam by clicking on his page.

Mr. Fit Mark Cinelli

We are so grateful to have a professional runner on our team again this year. Mr. Fit is a professional trainer, athletic trainer, life coach, and strength & conditioning coach. He has run six marathons before - five of which were with the Project Hope team. He currently runs 40-60 miles per week!

Please support Mr. Fit by clicking on his page.

Susan Chorley

Susan has run in a marathon before, but this year we get to welcome her to the Project Hope team. She is a mother, reverend, and executive of a nonprofit. She has lived all over the United States, but now lives in Jamaica Plain. Her life’s work of helping women in her communities makes her a natural fit for Project Hope.

Please support Susan by clicking on her page.

Brett Gordon

Brett Gordon is no stranger to Project Hope, having run with our team since 2013. Living on the marathon route naturally led to running. He started about 15 years ago to stay in shape, make friends and help others. He's run 14 consecutive Boston Marathons and 2 Philadelphia Marathons. Brett runs for our marathon team because he is committed to support amazing women and families.

Please support Brett by clicking on his page.

Bridgette Hynes

Bridgette grew up in Milton and now lives in Nantucket year round. She is a graduate of Boston College. She ran in the marathon last year to raise money last year, but is new to Project Hope's team. As a mother, she feels motivated to support other mothers.  She wants other moms to know: “Don’t try to rush progress. Remember- a step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction.” (Kara Goucher)

Please support Bridgette by clicking on her page.

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