Meet Our Runners!

Minds Matter Boston is proud to be one of the official charities of the John Hancock Boston Marathon® Non-Profit Program! We have two amazing volunteers who have been training and fundraising for months in preparation for the big day. Learn a bit more about them and why they’re running below!

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Tommy Guilfoile

I’ve been an mentor with Minds Matter Boston for the past three years. I moved back to Boston after graduating from Notre Dame to be closer to my hometown, Duxbury, MA. I’m a massive Boston sports fan, but I never miss a chance to support the Fighting Irish on game day. I’m excited to run in such a historic race in support of this amazing cause.

Q: Is this your first marathon?

A: No, I ran the Chicago marathon with my brother in 2017.

Q: Why do you run for MMB?:

A: I am very excited about the opportunity to run for Minds Matter Boston because it is an organization I am very passionate about. I’ve been a mentor for the past 3 years and have formed strong bonds with a lot of the mentors and students in the program. I’ve witnessed first hand all of the good MMB does for its students, and I’m happy to raise funds on their behalf so that they can continue this important work.

Q: Favorite song to listen to while running:

A: “Hate It Or Love It” - The Game ft. 50 Cent

Q: Favorite post-run snack:

A: Pretzels

Q: When I finish the marathon, I will feel:

A: Thirsty!


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Alicia Curran

I grew up in South Florida and moved to Boston 13 years ago to attend graduate school at Suffolk University. I fell in love with the city, the culture - and yes, even the weather. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). I’ve worked in public policy and communications roles both for elected officials and in the private sector, here and in Florida. I recently left my full time job to start my own business as a communications consultant helping organizations tell their stories and amplify their reach.

Q: Is this your first marathon?

A: Yes! I've run a few half marathons, but this is my first time running the full 26.2 miles.

Q: Why do you run for MMB?

A: I learned about MMB from my former roommate, Liz Hardy, who was a mentor and now sits on the organization’s associate board. Her passion towards the students and the program’s mission inspired me to learn more and get involved in any way I could. Plus, my mom is a teacher, so I learned early that education can have an extremely powerful impact on a young person’s life. I’m running to make access to a quality education a reality for every student.

Q: Favorite song to listen to while running:

A: I actually listen to podcasts or audiobooks. I like to get lost in a good story during a long run. “This American Life” is my favorite podcast.

Q: Favorite post-run snack

A: An everything bagel with cream cheese.

Q: When I finish the marathon, I will feel:

A: Accomplished....and let's be honest, hungry!