BENEFITING: Commonwealth Zoological Corporation
ORGANIZER: Commonwealth Zoological Corporation
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Hi! I'm Nikki and I am so proud and honored to be running for the Zoo New England Boston Marathon Team this coming April, 2015. I quit my job, packed up my car, and moved to Boston in the spring of 2002 after receiving a dream job offer to be a zookeeper. Currently, I'm one of the lead keepers at Franklin Park's Tropical Forest Pavilion and if you can't tell by my picture, I truly love my job. Nothing could make me happier than combining my love for the animals with my love of running.
When I'm not taking care of the animals, I also help coach the "5K Club" as part of the Zoo's Wellness Program. This past year, I got to be a part of helping several of my coworkers train for and finish their first 5Ks. I've run two half marathons this year along (most recently the South Shore Half in 1:52:11) with one of my fellow Tropical Forest keepers and you can often find me heading out through the giraffe entrance at noon to get a run in my lunch break.
I have run three marathons in the past and finished two of them. My first marathon was the very hilly inaugural Manchester, NH, marathon where I learned that there's always one more hill to run and finished in the lightning fast time of 4:56:53. Sadly, I had to drop out of the 2008 Boston Marathon due to injury so I'm looking for a little redemption this year. In May 2009, I finished my hometown Pittsburgh Marathon in 4:39:22 and I'd love to beat that time. I have a lot of experience with long runs in Boston in February and I'm very much looking forward to it!
This wouldn't be possible for me without the love and support of my husband, Dave and our two little angels Avery and Paige.
Thanks so much for your time and your support!
Commonwealth Zoological Corporation wrote -
Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.
Zoo New England
Commonwealth Zoological Corporation D/B/A Zoo New England ("Zoo New England") is the private, non-profit corporation that operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Zoo New England progamming is made possible through earned revenues and state, private, and corporate funding.
Franklin Park Zoo
Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, long considered the "crown jewel" of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System. The Zoo was founded in 1912 and was managed by the City of Boston until 1958, when the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), a state agency, assumed management. The MDC managed the Zoos until 1991, when Governor William Weld signed legislation to create the private Commonwealth Zoological Corporation (CZC). In July of 1997 the CZC changed its name to Zoo New England to reflect the regional appeal of the Zoo.
Stone Zoo, formerly known as the Middlesex Fells Zoo, is located on a 26-acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA. Charles Price, Superintendent of the Metropolitan District Commission’s Middlesex Fells Reservation, founded the Zoo in 1905, and in 1969, the site was renamed in honor of Walter D. Stone, a former Zoo Director. In 1991, the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation (CZC) was created to maintain care, custody, and control of both Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo.