Meet the MTeam: Catherine Colon
Meet Catherine Colon, another one of our team members who travels all the way from her home in London to participate in the Best Buddies Challenge with us each year. She also comes to Boston to take on the important role of Blackjack dealer for our annual casino night fundraising gala.
Below, Catherine talks about her past experiences at the Best Buddies Challenge, shares the story of how she “beat” an Olympic gold medalist in the 2017 5k run and recaps a favorite memory from her time with the MTeam so far.
MTEAM: When and why did you decide to join the MTeam?
CATHERINE COLON: I joined in 2017, inspired by the MTeam after they completed their first year; they were doing so much good and I wanted to be part of it!
MTEAM:Why is the MTeam and the Best Buddies mission important to you?
CC: The MTeam is particularly inspirational due to Meredith, our Chief Motivating Officer – her smile will motivate a snail to run fast! The overall mission of Best Buddies is also so important in working to end to isolation for those with IDD.
MTEAM: What’s one thing you’ve learned from being part of the MTeam community?
CC: It feels amazing to give back. What’s also great about the Best Buddies Challenge, our main event, is that you can see in the smiles of the Buddies how much what you are doing makes a difference.
MTEAM: What makes the MTeam special? What would inspire people to join you?
CC: It is probably the most fun team around! We throw a great after party and nothing tops our casino nights!
MTEAM: Did you walk, run or ride in the 2018 Best Buddies Challenge? What about 2019? Describe the atmosphere of the event for us!
CC: I run the 5K. It was particularly fun the first year when I ran against (and beat) 9x Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis (okay, he was walking with the Buddies, but check the times…)! The weather is almost always nice that time of year and everyone is so happy and upbeat. There is almost a carnival atmosphere.
MTEAM: Tell us about your training regime and how you prepare yourself for the physical challenge.
CC: I love to work out everyday, but don’t specifically train for the event. I mix up my days with running, using my rowing machine, and YouTube videos for HIIT and barre workouts. I need to work on more stretching….
MTEAM: Mentally, what helps you reach the finish line and keep pushing yourself toward your goals?
CC: I like to move fast in all parts of life!
MTEAM: How did you feel when you crossed the finish line last year?
CC: Fantastic! It is always wonderful when you’re done and the serotonin is flowing. I like to dance near the finish line waiting for everyone one else to come in!
MTEAM: What’s your best piece of advice for MTeam newbies and one piece of advice for returning MTeamers?
CC: It’s probably a good idea to do some training (a lot of training if you are doing the 100 mile bike ride!) and get a good night’s sleep.
MTEAM: Share an MTeam memory that has been the most powerful and inspiring for you so far.
CC: I loved Rick Springfield performing last year at the clam bake after the run. When he brought Buddies up on the stage and they were dancing and singing with him with such joy, it was just a perfect way to celebrate!