After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, TUGG rallied Boston to raise more than $350k for the victims and their families. Each year since, we've assembled teams of Boston tech founders and entrepreneurs, helping them train and cheering them across the finish line in support of local non-profits.
This year, TUGG brought together four runners (all female!) to run for causes that are not only impactful and near and dear to their hearts, but that also have common ground with the tech community.
Team TUGG is led by our founder, Jeff Fagnan of Accomplice, and includes tech entrepreneur and volunteer running coach Ted Julian, as well as a cadre of people in the Boston tech world who come out to run Heartbreak Hill in the frigid weather on the weekends.
Previous TUGG marathon teams include:
- 2015: Matt Bellows, Brent Grinna, Michael Schmidt, Fred Shilmover
- 2016: Will Ahmed, Ethan Bernstein, Davorin Gabrovec, Fred Shilmover
- 2017: Ramses Alcaide, Sonciary Honnoll, Fred Shilmover, Peter Smith
That's right: Fred Shilmover, CEO of InsightSquared, ran on Team TUGG for three years in a row, after which we decided he had the right dedication to join our Board of Directors.
We are proud to introduce our 2018 marathon team represented by four women, all from Rev Boston.
Rev is an award, event, and network run through Accomplice that honors the top 20 female directors and VPs (and occasionally very early founders) in Boston tech each year. Sarah Downey, Rev's founder, is joined by 2017 Rev honorees Danielle Cohen, Product Lead at Runkeeper; Allison MacLeod, Senior Director of Demand Generation and Business Development at Rapid7; and Julia Wilson, founder of J+ Design Studio.
Learn more about our 2018 runners below and join us to support their race!
Danielle Cohen, Runkeeper
RUNNING FOR FUTURE CHEFS
While this is Danielle's first marathon, it's the third that she's signed up for: she dropped out of the training for the first two due to injury, but third time is the charm. Danielle is a product manager and engineer at Runkeeper / ASICS Digital, where she's best known as a pun-lover and the proud owner of punkeeper.com. When she's not running, working, or buying unnecessary domain names, she's either traveling, drawing, or playing with her two cats.
Danielle is running on behalf of, Future Chefs a TUGG portfolio organization that prepares teens for successful life and work after high school through culinary arts training. Learn more about Future Chefs at futurechefs.net.
Sarah Downey, Accomplice
RUNNING FOR ROXBURY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Sarah moved to Boston about 8 years ago from Connecticut, where she ran the Hartford Marathon after forcing herself to transition from running middle-distance in college track & field to pounding the pavement for 26.2 long miles. Now that it's 10 years later and Sarah feels like a Bostonian, she's ready and excited to run Boston as her second marathon, which everyone says is the greatest marathon in the world. Sarah is on the board of the nonprofit gym InnerCity Weightlifting, a principal at Accomplice investing in frontier tech, and co-founder of Rev Boston. She's a video gamer and fan of sci-fi and naps.
Sarah is running on behalf of the Roxbury Community College Foundation, which which supports scholarships for RCC students as well as supporting RCC Athletics at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Facility. RCC provides access to a college education consistent for students by reducing economic, social, psychological and academic barriers to educational opportunity.
Allison Macleod, Rapid7
RUNNING FOR BEST BUDDIES
Allison is a mother, a runner, and a senior business development leader at Rapid7, a partner of TUGG. In 2015, Allison competed with Best Buddies in the Best Buddies Challenge as a cyclist. She's excited to be back with Best Buddies, this time #racingforinclusion in her SIXTH Boston Marathon. If you believe in supporting a diverse work environment and creating opportunity for all through integrated employment and leadership development, join her in supporting Best Buddies.
Best Buddies International is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Currently, Best Buddies Massachusetts serves over 6,700 direct program participants, including 153 school-based chapters and 115 jobs participants. Learn more about Best Buddies at bestbuddies.org.
RUNNING FOR MORE THAN WORDS
Julia is a designer based in Boston & NYC. She founded and runs J+ Studio, co-founded Bad Bitch Cards, and is on the board of Northeastern’s student-led design studio Scout. When she's not designing, she's hanging with her pup Jagger and finding ugly fonts to obsess over.
Julia is running on behalf of More Than Words (MTW), which empowers youth, ages 16-24, who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. MTW believe that when system-involved youth are challenged with authentic and increasing responsibilities in a business setting, and are given high expectations and a culture of support, they can and will address personal barriers to success, create concrete action plans for their lives, and become contributing members of society.