Meet the 2016 ARL Boston Marathon Team!

Our 6th Run as a John Hancock Boston Marathon Charity Team

Boston Marathon

Special thanks to the John Hancock Marathon Nonprofit Program for their generosity!

Thanks to the generosity of the John Hancock Marathon Nonprofit Program, four compassionate runners – Andrea Fondulas, Jillian Reig, Alexis Sheehan, and Marco Tropeano – trained through bitter cold this winter to get ready for the 120th running of the Boston Marathon.

The 2016 ARL Boston Marathon team has two very big goals – to raise over $30,000 and finish the grueling 26.2 mile course!
Learn more about why our team members chose to run for the ARL and how you can support them below….

Boston MarathonMeet Andrea
“To be running my very first marathon for a cause I am so incredibly passionate about is honestly a dream come true for me. I know there is a long road ahead of me (quite literally) but I am so excited to embark on this adventure.”

Click here to support Andrea.

Boston MarathonMeet Jillian
“This will be my first ever marathon and the only cause that would motivate me to train all winter and run a marathon is helping animals in need. I am running in memory of my first foster dog, a pit bull named Penny and my childhood dog, a black lab named Quig.”

Click here to support Jillian.

Boston MarathonMeet Marco
“I’ve ran many races in the past 8 years, but I’m happy to say that this year’s Boston Marathon will be most meaningful. Being able to run for the Animal Rescue League of Boston is a tremendous opportunity to give back to the innocent lives of fellow animals that are our friends.”

Click here to support Marco.

Boston MarathonMeet Alexis
“I am honored to be running for team ARL for the second consecutive year in a row! My experience last year on team ARL Boston instilled a deep passion and appreciation for how the Animal Rescue League of Boston seeks to save animal lives, raise the standards of animal advocacy, change animal legislation and inspire our community.”

Click here to support Alexis.

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the dedicated runners on our 2016 Boston Marathon team! Our four team members have trained hard and worked tirelessly to raise money for animals in our community.

Show your support for team members by making a donation to an individual runner or on the ARL Boston Marathon Team fundraising page at or spread the word on social media using #RunBold.


Track the ARL Boston Marathon Runners

After months of training through extreme winter weather conditions, our runners are ready to take on 26.2 for animals in need!

team photo with bib numbersYou can show your support for the ARL’s Boston Marathon Team by:

1. Donating to the team to help them reach their stretch goal of $40,000 by visiting

2. Tracking their race progress at using their bib numbers

Chris    30015
Mal       29782
Scott    30005
Alexis  30083

3. Joining us in Coolidge Corner near the 7- Eleven to cheer for our runners at they near the finish line

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the dedicated runners on our 2015 Boston Marathon team!

Boston Marathon sponsor JH

Thank you to Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock for including the ARL in the 2015 charity bib program!










Run for ARL in the 2015 Boston Marathon

Ready. Set. Run.

Every year nearly 30,000 runners come together to participate in the world’s oldest marathon right here in Boston. Want to join them and help your favorite charity? Apply to be a part of the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s 2015 Boston Marathon team!

John Hancock has once again graciously offered the ARL four marathon bibs. This year we’re challenging the 2015 ARL Boston Marathon team to match or top the 2014 team and raise $30,000+ to support animals in need. The individual minimum is $7.500, all of which benefits the Animal Rescue League.

Run_guinea_pig_web_logoIf you run the 2015 Boston Marathon with the ARL Team, not only are you helping shelter pets, but you’ll also enjoy:

  • An opportunity to tour the Animal Rescue League’s Boston animal shelter
  • Team training opportunities
  • Your own cheering section for friends and family to cheer you along
  • Custom singlet and ARL swag
  • Hands-on help with fundraising, online fundraising and social media promotion

If you’re a social media savvy runner with a passion for animal welfare, this is your chance to run for ARL in the 2015 Boston Marathon and make a difference!

Learn more and apply for the ARL’s Boston Marathon team by visiting:

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Thank You Thursday: ARL Marathon Team Was Boston Strong

ARL Boston Marathon Team Raises Over $37k for Shelter Animals

We are so very proud of our Boston Marathon team! Monday was a very special day for the City of Boston and the ARL and we are so grateful to them and everyone who supported these extraordinary runners.

To our own Carolyn Curran who was joined by Turner Smith, Karen Gondoly and Polly Hallowell who gave their all to run and raise more than $37,000 (surpassing the goal of $30,000)— thank you!

Read more about this year’s runners.

While Turner (pictured right) unfortunately suffered a fracture and couldn’t run, she was there at the sidelines cheering on the ARL Boston team!

The three ARL runners who did run expressed that the experience was unforgettable. Runner Polly Hallowell said, “I’m giddy because the experience was so heartwarming…it was embracing, healing, fun, encouraging…so many things!”

We also want to acknowledge our past marathoners who ran again this year: Naomi Johnston, Bill Tanguay and Keegan Garnsey.

ARL president Mary Nee said it best when she stated, “They are forever a part of a tragic event in the city’s history but also a reminder of Boston’s strength and resilience—thank you!”

If you didn’t get the chance to support our marathon team, but would still like to do so, please visit

Carolyn Curran, Assistant Shelter Manager in Boston.

Carolyn Curran, Assistant Shelter Manager in Boston.

Visit our blog every Thursday for more Thank You Thursday posts and to see how the community is helping animals in need.


Track the ARL’s Runners on Marathon Monday

Marathon Monday is 2 Weeks Away!

01-19-14 Boston Marathon Team PicsThe Boston Marathon is two weeks away and our runners could not be more prepared!

After months of training through extreme winter weather conditions, the runners are relieved to finally enter into the taper portion of their training.  This means that they run less and rest more for the last 3 weeks before race day, giving their bodies time to recover from the intense training that they have been doing.

They’ve been working hard and deserve some love! Please show your support for the ARL’s Boston Marathon Team, by donating to them on their Crowdrise page and cheering for them on Marathon Monday. For information on how to track the progress of our runners using the AT&T Athlete Alert visit:

To receive alerts for our runners, you’ll need their bib numbers which are listed below:

Carolyn: #28887

Karen: #28886

Margaret: #28884

Turner: #28885

Donate to the team today:




Meet the 2014 ARL Boston Marathon Team!

 Running 26.2 Miles for Animals in Need

01-19-14 Boston Marathon Team PicsThe ARL is happy to be celebrating our fourth year as a John Hancock Boston Marathon Charity Team in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

The goal for our runners is to raise over $30,000 which will support our Animal Care and Adoption Centers, Shelter Medicine, Rescue Services, humane Law Enforcement and affordable spay/neuter activities throughout Massachusetts.

We are incredibly excited to announce the members of this year’s team.

We have four talented runners on our team: Carolyn Curran, Karen Gondoly, Margaret Hallowell and Turner Smith. Please keep checking our calendar of events, which we’ll be updating regularly with each runner’s fundraising events.

“I’m so proud to be running for the Animal Rescue League of Boston simply because I continue to raise awareness for animal welfare in my every day routine as the Assistant Shelter Manager, and this opportunity allows me to do that on a greater scale.” – Carolyn Curran

“As an avid runner and animal lover, Karen is proud to represent the Animal Rescue League of Boston in this year’s Boston Marathon: for the memory of those lost last year, both furry and not; for a race that makes this city great; and for an organization that does amazing things for the animals of Massachusetts.”

“Turner Smith is thrilled to join the ARL Boston Marathon Team for the 2014 Boston Marathon to give back to her local South End community in an especially meaningful way — by helping to provide crucial veterinary and adoption services to needy animals in the Boston area. “

Please support our 2014 ARL Boston Marathon Team by making a donation on their fundraising page:




2014 ARL Boston Marathon Team Applications

Join Our 2014 Boston Marathon Team!

BRECKMarathongtFrontAre you an animal lover who has been dreaming of running in the Boston Marathon? Here is your chance to support the Animal Rescue League of Boston while running in one of the world’s most prestigious road races.

John Hancock has once again graciously given us charity bibs to use for the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21.

Anyone who is interested in running with our team will need to fill out the application and submit a non-refundable $25 application fee. The deadline to apply is November 6, 2013. All applicants can expect to hear from us by November 15.

Runners who are selected to be on the our team will be required to raise a minimum of $7,500. This money will go towards the ARL’s efforts of helping animals who are suffering from cruelty, abandonment and neglect. To apply click the button below or follow this link:

We hope you’ll consider being on our team, together we are Boston Strong!

Apply Now


Attention Pet Owners Living Within The Crime Scene Area

DSC_1982If you live within the several block area around the Copley Square area and cannot get to your home to take care of your animals please note that the City has established a protocol for reaching your pets:

Affected residents are to call the Mayor’s Hotline at (617)635-4500.  The Mayor’s office will take your name and address and arrange a meeting point for them to be escorted to their home.

If you do not have a secure pet carrier for cats or a leash for dogs at home you should bring one with you in order to be sure that your pet does not escape during the evacuation.  If you need a carrier or leash, please call our Rescue Google line for assistance, (657)777-2752 to secure one from us, OR stop by our Boston Shelter to pick up a carrier or leash from us.

Everyone Here Is Safe

Thank you to all who have expressed concern for our marathon runners, staff and animals. Please know that everyone is safe. Thank you for your outpouring of support for the League during this tough time in Boston. “We are all stunned and saddened by the horrible events of yesterday. As a community of humane, caring individuals we grieve for the senseless loss of life and personal injuries,” said League President, Mary Nee.

Our area of Boston has not been shut down and our animals are well cared for. While we are very saddened by yesterday’s events, our Boston shelter and Boston Veterinary Care will be open during normal business hours today. Our thoughts today are with everyone who was impacted by yesterday’s events.

It’s important to remember that in difficult times like this, the unconditional love and warmth from the animals in our lives can help comfort our deepest fears, and make the darkest day seem a little bit brighter.