August Cure Champions

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This month we are excited to feature our Falmouth Road Race Team as our August Cure Champions. Learn more about each member of Team JDRF below!

JDRF is proud to be an official partner of the ASICS Falmouth Road Race Numbers for Nonprofits program. The Numbers for Nonprofits Program is presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund. 

 

Mary Lee Mastroianni | Brookline, MA
Hometown: Wilton, CT
Occupation: 3rd grade teacher
What is your connection to JDRF and T1D?:My 7-year-old daughter was diagnosed when she was 6. JDRF was so helpful during the first few weeks of diagnosis and we want to give back. She doesn’t leave home without Rufus!
Is this your first road race?: Yes!
What are you most looking forward to at the Falmouth Road Race?: I heard the course is beautiful and the crowd is great! I am mostly looking forward to running to support my daughter and everyone else who has been impacted by type 1 diabetes (T1D).
What are you most nervous about: Finishing it!
Do you run with music or a podcast?: Music  

Kathleen “Kate” Hines | Needham, MA
“Good luck to all the runners on this team and all other runners. I fell incredibly proud to be part of this team.”
Hometown: Waltham, MA
Occupation: Registered Nurse
What is your connection to JDRF and T1D?: My youngest sister Erin was diagnosed with T1D 27 years ago at age 10, she has benefitted from the incredible research that has been done. In my opinion being able to monitor her blood sugar so closely with her blood glucose monitoring device (she wears Dexcom) and not only an alert going to her phone but also her husbands has been life changing.
Is this your first road race? I have run the Falmouth Road Race 18+ times (have lost track at this point), I have also ran dozens of 5k’s, one half marathon, and one Ragnar Relay.
Favorite running route: Along the Charles River on Memorial Drive and in Duxbury, MA along the beach
Longest (or favorite) training run: Memorial to Science Museum to Storrow Drive
Do you have any race day traditions or superstitions (favorite food, lucky socks, etc.)?: Usually eat pasta night before and an English muffin with peanut butter/banana the day of race
What are you most looking forward to at the Falmouth Road Race?: Old traditions and the crowd
What are you most nervous about: My time
Favorite fuel:
Before: small amount of water, protein bar
During: Water
After: NUUN tab
Do you run with music or a podcast?: Music—Running playlist or running playlist on Spotify

Nicole Reilly | Dorchester, MA
Hometown: Norfolk, MA
Occupation: Registered Nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
What is your connection to JDRF and T1D?: I have type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed in November 1994 at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Is this your first road race?: Yes!
Favorite running route: Castle Island/ Southie beaches
Longest (or favorite) training run: Castle Island
Do you have any race day traditions or superstitions (favorite food, lucky socks, etc.)?: No, I wish!
What are you most looking forward to at the Falmouth Road Race?: The positive atmosphere and meeting runners.
What are you most nervous about: The heat!
Favorite fuel:
Before: crackers
During: water with Nuun strawberry lemonade, glucose tabs if needed
After: usually ice cream. LOL
Do you run with music or a podcast?: Music most of the time, sometimes listen to a light and entertaining podcast

Bridget Robinson | Charlestown, MA
Hometown: Framingham, MA
Occupation: Financial Advisor
What is your connection to JDRF and T1D?: I am a type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed at age 27. (They thought I had type 2, but found out I am type 1 onset.)
Is this your first road race?: YES! I have run a number of 5k races, but never anything as long as the Falmouth Road Race. I am both very excited and nervous! I have been wanting to challenge myself and run the Falmouth Road Race for a long time though, and I am so excited to have a chance to run it with the JDRF Greater New England team this year!

Laura Randall | Bridgewater, MA
“I am so grateful to participate in the Falmouth Road Race! I am looking forward to the challenge, while also raising money to help cure this disease!”
Hometown: Weymouth, MA
Occupation: Stay at home mom! 🥰
What is your connection to JDRF and T1D?: My daughter, Janessa Marie, has T1D. Diagnosed at age 5, age 12 now.
Is this your first road race?: I have done a few Color Runs, a virtual 10k for Saint Jude, and a few 5ks! In January 2021, I ran 13 miles on my Peloton Tread. It was the first time I ran that many miles. I ran it in 2 hr and 27 min.
What are you most looking forward to at the Falmouth Road Race?: Experience! This has been on my bucket list! It is important to do this for my daughter!
What are you most nervous about: Heat
Do you run with music or a podcast?: I am a Peloton addict, and I listen to Peloton outdoor runs during my runs!