2017 Boston Marathon Team

This year, as a proud partner of the John Hancock Non-Profit Boston Marathon Program, our Catholic Charities Team is working hard to raise funds for our at-risk youth programs. Together, we will work to raise over $50,000.  This money will directly benefit the programs listed below, which support the health, wellness, productivity, leadership development, and education of our youth. We urge our friends and benefactors to consider supporting these children by contributing to our Boston Marathon fundraising efforts.

Meet Our Runners

Caroline Callahan

A senior Health Administration major at Stonehill College, Holbrook native Caroline Callahan is a longtime runner. This will be her first marathon.

"Running the Boston Marathon has always been a goal of mine. However, last January I lost my grandmother, Terry, to cancer and it truly devastated me. My grandmother meant the world to me, and after mentioning to her that I would love to run the marathon one day, I decided that this year was the perfect time to do it. Running in her memory for such an amazing cause led me to fulfill this dream. The goal of running 26.2 miles to benefit at-risk youth programs in Boston would truly make her proud and I feel honored to be part of the team that will be doing so."

Keith Comerford

Originally from Ireland, Keith moved to Boston in 1992.  This will be Keith's fourth marathon, but his first in the United States. Following the 2016 Dublin Marathon, Keith heard Catholic Charities was looking for runners and didn't waste a minute. He is excited to be part of the team and has been preparing diligently, sticking to a strict training schedule with the support and company of his local running community.

"I am more than happy to raise as much as I possibly can for Catholic Charities."

Patrick Holland

A senior at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Patrick plans to graduate in the spring with a Bachelor's degree in chemistry.

"Last March I ran my first marathon and soon after (definitely not immediately after) realized that running the race would not be a one time deal, but rather an activity that allowed me to continually compete and push myself toward a goal. I was discouraged to find out that the timeframe for qualifying for this year's Boston Marathon had come and gone, but began to look into the option of fundraising for a local charity. A professor of mine was kind enough to put me in touch with Catholic Charities of Boston, an organization that represents and stands for so many of the values I have learned through my 16+ years of Catholic education. I am honored to have the opportunity to fundraise and run for Catholic Charities of Boston which will be using the funds to provide mentoring programs and guidance to members of the youth community in the greater Boston area."

Garrett Quinn

Garrett Quinn, a native of the South Shore and a longtime resident of Cambridge, is running his second ever Boston Marathon for Catholic Charities. Garrett decided to run for Catholic Charities again this year because he is inspired by the aid and comfort the organization provides for the region's less fortunate. He is particularly passionate about programs at divisions like the Catholic Charities Labouré  Center in South Boston.

When Garrett is not running, he's can likely be found skiing or in the bleachers at Fenway Park enjoying a home game.

Steve Scala

Steve is running in his second Boston Marathon on behalf of Catholic Charities.  Steve 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.

“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.