Alyson Cannone

From: Colorado Springs, but I am an East Coast girl at heart! I grew up in Connecticut and then spending several years in the amazing city of Boston, Massachusetts (I’m not biased or anything). I recently relocated to Colorado for a new job and I think it’s pretty safe to say I won’t be leaving this place any time in the foreseeable future.

What do you do for a living?
I am a Business Systems Analyst/Project Manager at the United States Olympic Committee! I do have to take a moment and give the THP family a little bit of credit for landing this job. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the epic 2018 Boston Marathon Team and after crossing the finish line and defrosting a little, I had my final interview with the USOC the next morning. Despite it being incredibly uncomfortable to sit through a video conference (or just sit in general) for 2 hours, it is safe to say that I must have done something right or had a pretty awesome race story to share. I am pretty sure Pam and a few others Herren Project were some of the first to know when I received the job offer too.

How did you first connect with Herren Project?
I first connected with Herren Project when Adam, a close family friend who I grew up with, lost his hard-fought fight with addiction. I wanted to be able to do something impactful in his memory so my search brought me to Herren Project, started talking with Pam, and knew that this was the right fit.

Who’s one of your running or athletic “heroes” and why?
I grew up swimming, so I have to stick with a swimmer and say Allison Schmitt. Not only is she an incredible athlete, but she uses her platform to remove the stigma of talking about mental health. Her mantra is “It’s OK not to be OK” and I love that!

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being able to finish the Boston Marathon. It was my first marathon ever, the weather wasn’t the most ideal, and I had several people who doubted my ability to make it halfway let alone to the finish line. I had several family members and close friends who stood out in the rain until I splashed by and I crossed the finish line with my sister and best friends which was the coolest experience ever.