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The 2014 Marathon Challenge raised $5,400!

2014 Recap

The Ashland Education Foundation, Inc.’s (AEFI) congratulates our Marathon Challenge runners, Sharon Ames, Tricia McSweeney and Alycia LeDuc on their successful 26.2 mile run from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday,April 21st.  The AEFI is extremely grateful for their fundraising efforts, which resulted in donations of over $5,400.   The AEFI is also grateful to Larry Gillis of Poland Spring Pure Spring Water for providing a marathon number to Alycia  for this year’s Marathon Challenge.   The Boston Athletic association provided number for Sharon and Tricia as they were redirected  from the finish line in last years race, due to the events of the day. 

2014 Runners Bios

Sharon Ames, Tricia McSweeney and Alycia LeDuc are planning to run this year’s Boston Marathon to raise funds to support innovation in education for the AEFI.

Training to run the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon is a grueling and incredibly hard challenge.  Sharon, Tricia and Alycia strive to not only to meet the challenge of crossing the finish line, but also the challenge of raising $4,000 in support of teacher grants for the Ashland Public Schools.

All the  women are avid runners, Tricia and Sharon are longtime residents of Ashland and strong supporters of the Ashland Public Schools. Tricia McSweeney lives with her husband Sean and four children all who attend the Ashland Schools. Tricia is a surgical nurse at Tufts Medical Center. Sharon Ames and her husband Bill have 3 children, two of which graduated from Ashland High and an eighth grade boy.  Sharon is a Speech Pathologist in the Ashland Schools. All the women dedicate their weekend mornings to runs of 13 miles or more and are thankful for the understanding and tolerance their husbands and children give them while they are out training between 2 to 4 hours a run.

When asked why she is participating in the Marathon Challenge Tricia McSweeney states, “I am running the marathon for the AEFI because I want my children and children in this community to get the best education they can.  The AEFI is about creating opportunities by providing grants for teachers who bring innovation to the classroom.  By running and raising money for the AEFI I have the opportunity to give back to the community of Ashland.  I also want to show my kids that you can set a challenging goal for yourself, work toward that goal and achieve it.” 

Sharon Ames is excited to run for the AEFI and added, “The AEFI continues to support the schools by using money raised toward any of the academic departments to purchase materials that will enrich the classroom. Teachers within our community are excited about this effort. Please join us to help raise money for our great school district here on the Boston Marathon route.”

 Alycia Leduc, a Marlboro resident has also been honored with a number for the marathon this year. She is a long time friend of Colleen English from Ashland and will be trying to raise as much money as possible for he AEFI. She is married to Steve LeDuc, and has three children Caitlin ( 16) Joseph (13) Theresa aka Tess ( 11). She has lived in Marlboro her whole life, went to Marlboro Public schools, graduated from MHS in 1991, and went to Green Mountain College. Alycia currently works at Wayside Racquet and Swim Club in Marlboro, where she is the Business Office Manager and also runs the daycare. This will be her third time running a marathon, her second Boston. Two years ago Alycia ran for a Charity called Christopher's Haven - a non-profit for children with cancer. Alycia has received a number for this year's Boston Marathon through Poland Spring's Ashland roots and has generously offered to fundraise for an Ashland based organization.  We are grateful she chose he AEFI!
Alycia has been an involved parent in the Marlboro educational system over the years. She sat on the School Council for Kane Elementary School for over 6 years,  and   was on the school Council for the Middle School now the Charles Whitcomb MiddleSchool. She  was also on the board of The Marlboro Education Foundation ( MEF ) for 3.5 years and just left this past Sept. 2014 She currently coaches MYS U12 girls soccer outdoors and indoors.
We are grateful to all three runners for their hard work, tireless training for he marathon an their dedication to support the Ashland Education Foundation.  We wish you all the best in the 2014 Boston Marathon!

The AEFI brings business leaders, community leaders, professionals and parents together to increase awareness of, communication with and support for the Ashland Public Schools.  Excellence in public education is essential to the economic and social health of the Ashland community.  The AEFI supports creative, innovative and challenging programs and need educational venture capital provided by the surrounding community.

Past Marathons