Meet Our Boston Marathon Runners

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The 120th Boston Marathon is quickly approaching. This year, our team consists of six proud runners, supporting the mission of Catholic Charities. Our athletes share a passion for running as well as their desire to inspire others to make a difference in the lives of those we serve at Catholic Charities. As our runners train for the Boston Marathon, they need your support to reach our fundraising goals.

Margie Walentuk’s passion for running, creating healthy recipes, and providing mental health care sparked her interest in running the Boston Marathon as a team member for Catholic Charities. As a clinician at our Family Counseling Center in Danvers, the immersive nature of her work has only strengthened Margie’s commitment to providing compassionate mental health services; dedicating her race and fundraising efforts to Catholic Charities was a natural choice. When not working, Margie enjoys the love of her family, running, and managing her homemade granola bar company, Marge Bar.

Father Michael Smith, a Catholic priest from Connecticut, will run his 18th marathon this April—his first Boston Marathon. He looks forward to being surrounded by other runners while cheered on by the lively crowds. The work we do motivates Fr. Michael to go above and beyond his fundraising goal. Fr. Michael told us how effortless fundraising for Catholic Charities is for him: “Family and friends support my goals because they trust me and know that [their] resources go to a worthy cause, Catholic Charities, who help so many people in need.”

Mary Kate Henry, a Boston native, also looks forward to the atmosphere of race day. She’s eager to line up with the other runners at Athletes’ Village the morning of the big race. To Mary Kate, arrival upon the Athletes’ Village makes the Boston Marathon finally feel real. Growing up in a close knit family, Mary Kate learned to show mercy and compassion to others. She pays it forward by racing to raise money for Catholic Charities.

Steve Scala believes that running in support of Catholic Charities is an opportunity to raise awareness and money to help people in need. Steve enjoys competing in the same event and on the same course as the world’s elite marathoners. He sees this marathon as a representation of humanity. Steve said “We all run the same course; some have various gifts, talents or unique capabilities while others are burdened by obstacles and challenges.” Running a marathon is challenging, Steve is prepared to face that challenge head on while working to fundraise for our programs.

Garret Quinn competes in his first Boston Marathon this April. He too chose to run for Catholic Charities because he believes in our mission and helping people in need.

Jennifer Henshall is a stay at home mom certified in group exercise; she’s looking to begin her career as a fitness professional. When asked why she joined our team, Jennifer stated, “Anyone who knows me knows there are two things that drive me: the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle and my passion for giving back to others.” Running the marathon for Catholic Charities will help Jennifer achieve both  goals.

Support our team

Please join us in supporting our Boston Marathon team today by making a donation on our John Hancock Non Profit Marathon Team’s page on We thank our Boston Marathon runners for their commitment to Catholic Charities and wish them the best as they journey toward the finish line at Copley on April 18, 2016.