Two of a Kind: This Mother-Son Duo is Ready to Race

Jun 7, 2023

As we approach the 2023 ASICS Falmouth Road Race on August 20, the IMPACT Melanoma team is eager to spotlight two of our runners.

Meet the mother-son duo, Carolina and Marcus Tumminelli, who are ready to lace up and pound the pavement in order to make a difference in the lives of those diagnosed with melanoma.

In their own words…

We asked Carolina and Marcus to share a bit about why they’ve decided to run Falmouth this year and tell us about how they got involved with IMPACT Melanoma in the first place.

Starting with Carolina, who has run with IMPACT Melanoma two times before this upcoming race, completing both the 2017 and 2018 Boston Marathon.

Why did you choose to run for the Boston Marathon team IMPACT Melanoma?

The initial reason I chose IMPACT Melanoma is because just after my son, Marcus, was born my PCP found a spot on my back. After two biopsies, it was determined to be melanoma. Luckily, they caught it early and nothing more was needed except yearly skin checks.

Have you always been a distance runner?
I started running after my daughter Liliana was born, mostly to get in shape, but then we struggled because Liliana took a very long time and countless PT visits to start walking on her own.

It felt empowering to me to be able to run when my baby couldn’t. I went from completing two or three 5Ks to jumping headfirst into a marathon – the BayState Marathon in 2016.

Since then, I’ve run a couple of marathons, and several ultras, and countless other shorter races.

We understand you’ll be in good company at Falmouth. Who’s keeping pace with you?
My 11-year-old son, Marcus, started getting into running a few years ago, but has really started to develop a passion for it this year.

Of course I’m super jealous because he’s a natural at it and can outrun me any day of the week. He says he feels free when he runs. When I asked him if he wanted to run Falmouth with me, he instantly said yes!

We asked Marcus how he felt about running Falmouth for IMPACT with his mom…
I’m nervous and excited, but mostly excited. I support IMPACT Melanoma because I think it’s a really good charity to raise money for. I wish I could do more.”

As far as we’re concerned both Marcus and Carolina are doing plenty. We’re grateful they’re going the distance for IMPACT Melanoma and we will be cheering them on at Falmouth on August 20, 8:00 AM.

While we recognize that Falmouth isn’t a distance challenge on par with the Boston Marathon, we value the observation of Bill Rodgers, three-time Falmouth champion, who said:

Good things started happening for me when I ran Falmouth… Boston is the classic marathon and Falmouth is the classic American road race.”

Who doesn’t love a good classic?

There’s still time to support our team or become a sponsor!

In the meantime, slather on that sunscreen and stay tuned for an upcoming blog post, in which we will feature a mother-daughter duo who will also toe the starting line at Falmouth!

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