Hello! I’m Lisa Masiello Gigliotti and I am extremely grateful to represent the town of Ashland as a first time runner in the 125th Boston Marathon on October 11, 2021.
I’ve lived in Ashland with my husband Ron, and our two children, Nina and Peter for the past 18 years. We’ve truly enjoyed raising our family in Ashland, and genuinely appreciate all of the memorable experiences the community has given our family during this time.
Growing up in Framingham, Patriots Day, or “Marathon Monday”, was always a major event. Some of my earliest memories include standing on Waverly Street, holding a sliced orange in the cup of my outstretched hand, patiently waiting for a runner to grab hold of my orange slice. It was so exhilarating for me, and I can honestly remember thinking to my then very young self “I want to run the Boston Marathon someday”….
I’ve always been athletic, and as as I grew older, running became more of a hobby for me. I’ve run a few half marathons and 5k’s but I only considered myself to be a recreational runner.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, running became more than a hobby for me. I’ve been an ER nurse for 20 years, and for the first time in my career, I felt overwhelmed by the stress of my job. At work, we joked that working in the ER during COVID was like running a marathon without a finish line. It was exhausting. There truly was no end in sight. Throughout the pandemic, running became my outlet. It brought me peace and solace. Last November, with the encouragement of my brother, I ran my first “virtual” Marine Corp Marathon. Looking back, completing that marathon gave me the inner strength and confidence I needed to push through what has been the most challenging time in my career.
I am excited to represent Ashland in this year’s Boston Marathon. Instead of cheering along the sidelines with my family, I will be running to raise funds for the town’s BAA Grant Program. This important program has provided scholarship money to many high school seniors and has helped various programs such as the Ashland Day Committee, The Fire Department Association, The Ashland Food Pantry, and many more non profit programs throughout the town. I have a current goal to raise $3000. With the generous donations from from my family, friends and community, I hope to surpass this goal so I can give back to the community that has given my family so much.
Please take a moment to make a donation and support my run in the 2021 Boston Marathon.
Thank you so much for your generosity and support! I look forward to hearing everyone’s cheers on race day!
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