Zoo New England's Boston Marathon Team

We're thrilled to share that members of team Zoo New England have completed the 26.2 miles and crossed the Boston Marathon finish line! Huge congratulations and thanks go out to our team for their hard work and commitment to the Zoos.

Thanks to a partnership with John Hancock’s Non-Profit Program, Zoo New England is proud to have an incredible team running the 121st Boston Marathon. This dedicated team is training hard as they get ready to run 26.2 miles in support of Zoo New England.

Each team member has committed to raise important funds for Zoo New England and ensure that our unique experiences connect people and nature, provide youth focused education programs, and continue conservation projects locally and around the world for many years to come.

All proceeds support the team’s fundraising efforts on behalf of Zoo New England.

Learn more about our runners, and visit their CrowdRise pages to help them reach their goals!


Jaimie Shaughnessy

Support team member, Jaimie Shaughnessy!

ShaughnessyThis April marks Jamie Shaughnessy's sixth marathon and fifth consecutive Boston Marathon. A lifelong visitor of Franklin Park Zoo, Shaughnessy cherishes the learning experiences the Zoo has offered since she was a child.

“I have always loved learning about and being around animals, so growing up near the Franklin Park Zoo was such a treat for me!” says Shaughnessy. “This year is especially exciting because I get to incorporate two of my favorite things, the Boston Marathon and my love for animals. It’s important to support organizations like Zoo New England, which are committed to conservation and preserving species.”

Shaughnessy has committed to raising $10,000 to support Zoo New England through her Boston Marathon run. Show your support!

Support Jamie!

Samantha McArdle

Support team member, Samantha McArdle!

McardleThis is the first marathon for Samantha McArdle, a 22-year-old native of Quincy and current resident of Brighton.

Right out of high school, McArdle joined the United States Navy, where she was stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Here, inspired by her memories of growing up near Franklin Park Zoo and her love of animals, she became a weekend volunteer at the Honolulu Zoo.

McArdle, who treasures her memories of exploring and learning at the Zoo, says “I am truly excited that my run will be benefiting Zoo New England and the care of their animals.”

McArdle has committed to raising $10,000 to support Zoo New England through her Boston Marathon run. Show your support!

Support Samantha!

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