Student Spotlights

Marathon Megan: Regis Sophomore Megan Bubello to Run in Boston Marathon

Here’s some super exciting news! One of our very own students, Megan Bubello (Class of 2020), will be running in the upcoming 2018 Boston Marathon!  This is an ongoing effort that she has been working on for months, saying, “My dream would to get a time somewhere below 4 hours, but honestly this whole experience has been such a dream come true that just crossing the finish line on Boylston Street is a feat in itself.  Ever since I was a young girl, my family would take me to Heartbreak hill to watch the marathon on Patriots Day.  Every year I watched several family members finish and I have been itching to find myself in Boston Marathon history since.  My ultimate goal is to enjoy the ride and take everything in.”

Megan has been working on attaining this goal for months.  She utilizes her training from theCross Country team here at Regis, and also finds support and motivation from her teammates.  She describes how she has not only grown as a person in striving to meet these goals, but also as an athlete.  She says, “Cross Country training really gave me an amazing base to start my marathon training.  Any marathon runner knows that the biggest part of training is probably the long run.  I started doing 10 miles on Saturdays and slowly built myself up to 21 miles.  It’s been such a long journey… I never imagined that I would be able to run 21 miles all at once, even being an avid runner.  It really showed me that I can do anything I set my mind to.” 

She also mentions that she has been receiving phenomenal support from her family, friends, teammates, and peers.  She says, “The best part of all of this is just seeing how proud my parents are of me because of how hard I’ve been working.  They are the most supportive people in my life and have made me who I am today.  My whole family has run the marathon.  My grandfathers, aunts, uncles, parents, and cousins have all taken part in this amazing race and I just hope to make all of them proud on race day.”

Throughout her efforts, Megan is also supporting a charity local to Framingham, MA (in very close vicinity to Regis).  The charity is called Hoops and Homework.  Megan describes this charity when she says, “This charity supports youth residing in the lowest income neighborhoods of Framingham, MA.  The ultimate goal of this program is to help young people of the area improve their academic skills and inspire them to seek higher education.  Without this charity, many kids in the area would have no other place to go and many of them would go hungry.”  She also describes her personal connection to the charity and why she wants to support their efforts: “When I first heard about Hoops and Homework from Herb Chasin, the founder of the organization, I instantly knew that this was the charity I would be running for.  Helping kids has always been something I have had a strong passion for, something I really felt after going to South Dakota on the Regis service trip last year.  All these kids deserve to have a place to learn and be fulfilled.  I just wish there were more places like Hoops and Homework willing to do such a good thing for so many young people.”

Megan also wanted to express support and motivation for others in similar scenarios, saying that it is crucial to “Ignore the naysayers and believe in yourself.  A marathon is a huge feat, something that only 0.5% of the US population will complete in their lifetime.  Many deem it as impossible, but you must ignore the doubters and tell yourself how capable you truly are.”

 

 

To support Megan and her efforts, click the link below:

Link: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/team-hoops-and-homework/meganbubello

 

Photographs: Courtesy of Megan Bubello and the Bubello family

Elaine Kearney

Elaine Kearney

Hello there! I'm Elaine! I'm a double major here at Regis: Psychology and Neuroscience. I also have a minor in English. I am a very active student leader on campus. I'm incredibly passionate about literature and writing, and I am absolutely honored to be sharing that with you guys!