Meet Our Runners: Emma and Cory

Published on February 1, 2024

Emma Wilson

Meet Emma Wilson, a Boston transplant from Michigan who has been running competitively since she was a teenager.

always knew she would run, stating that “something felt like it was made for me.” And it seems it was. Running quickly became a freeing endeavor for Emma to “turn her brain off and be in the present.” She also loved being able to set personal goals and see the results of her hard work; yet, what truly made her love the sport was “the simplicity of running.” This love flourished into a collegiate career on the cross country and track teams at Syracuse University. She now takes after her mom: running every morning. Emma says, “it feels habitual, like brushing my teeth.”

Her first exposure to the Boston Marathon® was in April 2022, as a spectator, and her admiration for marathon running has since grown. She says, “the energy was electric and [I had] never witnessed such comradery and enthusiasm in a city on one given day.” Emma remembers returning to her apartment and putting a reminder in her calendar that said, “I will run the Boston Marathon in 2024.”

For Emma, “Food is identity, it is power, tradition, and culture” and she believes “everyone has the right to adequate food and nutrition.” Her passion for food justice led Emma to GBFB and she is “ecstatic to represent an incredible organization while raising awareness for an important cause and channeling [her] energy through another one of [her] deep-rooted passions: running.”

Help Emma meet her fundraising goal as she runs to feed Eastern Massachusetts!

Cory Johnson

Meet GBFB Marathoner, Cory Johnson. Cory originally hails from Stillwater, New York and now resides in Brewster, NY. He is a Multimedia Service Operations Engineer at Swiss Re, a provider of reinsurance, insurance, and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer. This year, Swiss Re’s Boston office selected GBFB as its 2023 Charity of The Year, an annual internal competition in which employees nominate charitable organizations, select,

While this will be Cory’s first time running the Boston Marathon, he is an incredibly accomplished runner, having completed the New York Marathon five times and the Chicago Marathon twice. He considers it a lifetime honor to run with the GBFB team to help fight food insecurity across the region and raise money to put food on neighbors’ tables.

In his own community, Cory has seen the effects of food insecurity firsthand, noting that “with stagnant wages and the cost of food rising after the pandemic, food insecurity has become a major hurdle to overcome for many” and is “rampant in [his] community.”

In the face of these hurdles, Cory looks forward to “the challenge in doing as much as [he] can to mitigate any food challenges the residents of the Greater Boston area may be experiencing.” Cory looks forward to lacing up his sneakers and pounding the pavement for pounds of food this upcoming April.

Help Cory reach his fundraising goal to run for food security!

Learn more about our GBFB Marathon Team here.

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