Meet our runners

Andrea McCollem

OCCUPATION:
Paraprofessional Melrose Public Schools

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
Team Hoyt has the most inspiring message for not only disabled youth but for individuals of all abilities and ages - “Yes you can”. This is a phrase that I have begun to use almost every day with my children, the students I work with, and even friends and family that need an extra boost of confidence.
I believe so strongly in inclusion and the mission of Team Hoyt to build character, confidence, self-esteem, and equal opportunity for America’s disabled youth.

RACES COMPLETED:
Boston Marathon
October 2021 - 4:26:04
April 2022 - 4:22:18

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/andrea-mccollem-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc-52616/#timeline

Cam Hoyt

OCCUPATION:
Education

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
I want to run for Team Hoyt to truly understand why my grandfather did what he did for my uncle. I have always been in amazement of the true athleticism it takes to complete a marathon let alone how many my grandfather was able to complete. I think that this will definitely be one of the hardest things I have done in my life, but I know that my grandfather will be watching over saying "yes you can".

RACES COMPLETED:
First Marathon

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/cameron-robert-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc/#timeline

Kate Hehn

OCCUPATION:
Registered Nurse

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
Running for Team Hoyt last year was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life, and I truly cannot imagine running for another charity. I am so proud and lucky to represent Rick and Dick and the entire family, and also raise money to help people with disabilities. Seeing the amazing things The Hoyt Foundation was able to do with the money we raised last year was incredible. Donating money to Y and donating a handicap van to a family in need made me realize that the fundraising we do genuinely helps people. Also, Team Hoyt showed up for almost every Saturday run and truly forged a bond through our marathon training, one that I like the think Dick would have been proud of. It meant so much to carry on the Team Hoyt legacy, and I am proud to do it again.

RACES COMPLETED:
Boston Marathon 2022. Time of 4:35
Chicago Marathon 2021 time of 4:51
Vermont City Marathon 2022 time of 4:41

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/kathleen-hehn-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc-52345/#timeline

Michelle Nolen Senner

OCCUPATION:
Truly Nolen of America, Inc.

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
I run with Team Hoyt Arizona pushing my ten year old son Luke in 5K to half marathon races. I also push other athletes at races. Luke loves races and they bring him (and me) great joy - he graced the cover of Southern Arizona Roadrunners quarterly magazine when we were the first to participate in a cross-country race - our "Yes You Can!" spirit is palpable. We work tirelessly to normalize inclusion in life and through sport; our work is not over. We love meeting other families like ours in other Team Hoyt chapters (as well as recruiting other families). I believe we can elevate our passion by running Boston, like Rick and Dick before us.

RACES COMPLETED:
Rocket City Virtual Marathon (December 2020) in 5:14
Revel Mt. Lemmon (February 2021) in 4:44
Boston Virtual Marathon (October 2021) in 5:13
Tucson Marathon (December 4, 2021) in 5:04

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/michelle-nolen-senner-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc/#timeline

Patrick Mangan

OCCUPATION:
Dentist

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
Team Hoyt's motto of "Yes You Can" is inspiring because it does not allow the limitations of the present be a hinderance from accomplishing the extraordinary. As an IronMan 140.6, I am beyond in awe of Rick and Dick's ability to complete several races including Kona. My sister-in-law was an engineer at Tufts and the Hope Machine is a source of wonder. My wife is supportive of me applying for this endeavor. She is a speech therapist for children at Perkins School for the Blind. She helps children use AAC devices to communicate.

RACES COMPLETED:
Boston marathon
2022: 3:15:56
2018: 3:09:56
2019 Martha's Vineyard Marathon 3:02:48
2019 Chicagoland Marathon 2:59:08
2013 Indianapolis Marathon 3:04:19.0

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/patrick-mangan-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc/#timeline

Troy Hoyt

OCCUPATION:
Heavy equipment operator

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
I want to run for team Hoyt because this is the ten-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon. My grandfather and uncle were planning to have 2013 be their last Boston after the bombing they came back for one more to show the world “Yes You Can”. I am running to honor the original Team Hoyt, the “Yes You Can” spirit, and everyone who was affected by the events of 2013.

RACES COMPLETED:
Boston Marathon 2021 – 3:57
Boston Marathon 2022 – 4:15

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/troy-hoyt-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc-52302/#timeline

Troy Thibodeau

OCCUPATION:
Assistant Coach - Men's Hockey

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
I remember as a kid watching a feature on ESPN about Team Hoyt and I always remembered how it made me feel and how inspirational it was to see Dick and Rick run together. And then to see them win the Jimmy V award at the ESPYS was incredible and I was a forever fan from afar. I competed in triathlons a few years back including a 1/2 ironman and full ironman so running is more of a recent hobby that I have picked up. Growing up in Danvers, MA running the Boston Marathon was always a goal of mine and to get onto Team Hoyt to run in my home city is a tremendous honor.

RACES COMPLETED:
Ironman Lake Placid in July 2018

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/troy-thibodeau-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc/#timeline

Lyndsay Kuder

OCCUPATION:
Mental Health Counselor

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
Team Hoyt has always been an inspiring duo. Watching my husband, Nate run for Team Hoyt this past spring made it very clear that not only did I want to run a marathon, but I wanted to run for your team, for the mission of the Hoyt Foundation. My father is a retired recreation director and my mother a retired health and PE teacher so being active, pushing yourself, being part of team was foundational in my life. My parents also taught inclusivity and made sure their programs and classrooms were supportive, adaptive, and inclusive. These lessons and examples formed habits and passions both personally and professionally.

RACES COMPLETED:
Cape Cod Half Marathon

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/a/lyndsrunsboston/

Patrick Ginn

OCCUPATION:
CEO Ginn Group

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
I have the desire to run in this marathon and run for charity that aligns with my passions and this organization definitely does.
I have and currently support the NW Association for Blind Athletes which gives our visually impaired/blind youth an opportunity to participate in sports and physical activity. Like the NWABA, the Hoyt Foundation gives the disabled an opportunity to be included and that anything is possible which makes such a difference in their everyday lives.

RACES COMPLETED:
Portland, OR (October 2011)
Vancouver, WA (June 2014)
Portland, OR (October 2014)
Havana, Cuba (November 2014)
Dubrovnik, Croatia (May 2015)
Lisbon Portugal (October 2017)
All of the race times were similar, but the Vancouver, WA Marathon was my best time: Finished 84 overall with 3 hours and 27 minute time (7:53 per mile)

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/patrick-ginn-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc/#timeline

Julie Sisson

OCCUPATION:
Physician Assistant

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
After having my second daughter in May 2020 and learning of her low muscle tone diagnosis at 9 months old we were thrown into the world of doctors appointments, testing, therapy appointments and the constant wondering what the future will look like. We have both grown so much since that time and I have learned to be her biggest advocate and celebrate every milestone and accomplishment instead of comparing her to others. I would like to honor this journey by running for a team that celebrates inclusion and empowerment of all children in the community.

RACES COMPLETED:
Several half marathons

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/julie-sisson-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc/#timeline

The Team Hoyt Duo
Michael DiDonato & Kyle Broduer

OCCUPATION:
Southbridge Tool & Mfg.
Team Hoyt Racing Chairs

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
We are going to help spread the message of Yes You Can. Kyle and Mike are friends with the Hoyt family. Mike makes and repairs the Team Hoyt Racing Chairs that allow duos to compete across America and around the world.

RACES COMPLETED:
We ran the Green River Marathon 08/28/2022 in a time of 5:41

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/michael-didonato-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc/#timeline

Mariel Freve

OCCUPATION:
Chief Accounting Officer- Sensata Technologies

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
I want to run for the Team Hoyt because I believe it is a charity that represents underrepresented youth, in particular with disabilities. I believe that sport is an area that can help highlight and give confidence to this underrepresented group, with the right resourcing which is typically not available to all families on top of the additional medical and support expenses they might face. One member of our team in particular has a strong tie to this belief, having a functional autistic daughter that became highly functional through sport (played football in her high school team) and coaching, recognizing that he had means to support that development that other disabled youth did not.

RACES COMPLETED:
This will be my first marathon.

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/mariel-freve-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc/#timeline

Justin Colson

OCCUPATION:
General Manager- Sensata Technologies

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
I have watched the team of Rick and Dick Hoyt run the marathon for many years, and have always been a big supporter of the cause. Seeing the two pass by in a race has always been the highlight.
I have always known about the family, but didn't know there was a formal team/org that raced. This came to my attention through listening to a talk by Dave McGillivray, who inspired 4 people at my company to want to sing up and support.

RACES COMPLETED:
This will be my first marathon.

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/justin-colson-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc/#timeline

Juan Picon

OCCUPATION:
Company Executive - Sensata Technologies

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
I want to run for the Team Hoyt because I believe in the mission to support people with disabilities. Furthermore, I also learned that the Team Hoyt has signed a partnership with the Doug Flutie Jr Foundation to support kids with Autism. We know how hard it is to have a kid with disabilities. Our daughter Sofia was born with a cleft pallet, hearing loss, and was diagnosed with autism late in life when she was 14 years old. She is high functioning autistic, and we gave her all the necessary support to overcome the learning and social challenges in high school. After a lot of emotional suffering and hard work, we are very proud to say that Sofia graduated high school with honors, and she is now a freshman in college at the Cleveland Institute of Art, pursuing a degree in medical illustration. We were very fortunate to be able to support our daughter emotionally and financially over the years. However, not everyone is as fortunate as we are. So, for this reason, I would love to raise money for your foundation with this marathon, so you can keep helping other boys and girls like our lovely and beautiful Sofia.

RACES COMPLETED:
This will be my first marathon.

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/juan-picon-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc/#timeline

Dimitris Kalofonos

OCCUPATION:
VP of Technology - Sensata Technologies

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
I want to run for Team Hoyt because I want to help children with disabilities. Among other reasons, I want to show my solidarity to a colleague who has a daughter who has Autism and I know that Team Hoyt is partnering with the Flutie Foundation. I want to support Team Hoyt because I believe the Foundation makes a difference in children's' lives.

RACES COMPLETED:
This will be my first marathon.

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/dimitrios-kalofonos-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc/#timeline

Darryl Langley

OCCUPATION:
Partner - Just Branding

RUNNING FOR TEAM HOYT BECAUSE:
I love the idea of running the greatest road race ever to help raise money for such a great cause. I love the "Yes, you can" philosophy. As non-disabled runners, we complain about things like: the summer heat, uncomfortable shoes, didn't eat enough, etc.
When you look at the athletes that Team Hoyt works with, our problems pale in comparison. Watching disabled athletes compete in Triathlons, Marathons, etc is such an inspiration. It shows that we truly can do anything that we put our mind to.

RACES COMPLETED:
Wilmington Marathon April 17, 2021 I finished in 4:29
Detroit Marathon on October 17, 2021 and I was 3:53:10

FUNDRAISING PAGE:
https://www.givengain.com/ap/darryl-langley-raising-funds-for-the-hoyt-foundation-inc/#timeline