Meet our Team
Thom Gilligan, CTC
President and Founder
Thom founded Marathon Tours in 1979 and has been the frontrunner in destination marathon travel ever since. His previous professional experience with British Airways, Air Canada and a tour wholesaler enabled Thom to start a career that combined his knowledge of the travel business with his passions for running and adventure.
Named the top specialist in running-related travel by Condé Nast Traveler magazine for the past nine years, Thom has also been featured in Runner’s World, the front page of The Wall Street Journal and on the cover of Travel Agent magazine.
Thom personally leads groups to marathons in Bermuda, France's Bordeaux region and more including Antarctica where he is the race director and expedition leader for the Antarctica Marathon.
A former president of the Greater Boston Track Club, Thom has run 62 marathons around the world with a personal best of 2:30:42. An avid golfer, he holds a 4 handicap and admits that he is hopelessly addicted.
Scott has been providing specialized travel services to Marathon Tours clients for over 16 years. He has continued to hone his professional expertise by completing numerous travel specialist courses including those for Maui, Costa Rica, Bermuda and Italy.
Scott is trip manager for the Honolulu, Maui, Great Wall, London, Rome, Florence, and Reykjavik marathons. He is also Marathon Tours ’ main liaison for charity groups who seek international travel services.
Scott has completed dozens of half marathons, five marathons, including Boston, and numerous Spartan races of varying distances and Tough Mudders. He enjoys watching his son participate in running, wrestling and swimming.
Kelly Allen McLay
Director of Sales and Marketing
Kelly found Marathon Tours the day she finished her 5th Boston Marathon. Some might say she literally ran into us! With 12 years of professional experience in international group travel and a passion for running, she is a great addition to the Marathon Tours team. Her positive energy and sales skills have helped to develop our travel itineraries around the world.
Her spirit of adventure first led her to Australia for a semester abroad and she delayed her return to work as a travel guide on the Australian coast for a company specializing in surf tours. Since then Kelly has continued to explore the world guiding Marathon Tours’ runners on tours on all seven continents. She has completed 41 marathons, including seven Boston Marathons, and five of the six World Majors. In Antarctica she will be one marathon shy of the illustrious Seven Continents. In 2016, she is looking to improve her marathon PR of 3:34.13.
A graduate of Bowdoin College the alma mater of running legend Joan Benoit Samuelson, Kelly resides in Beverly, MA with her husband John McLay who freelances as a guide on Dublin, Africa, and Antarctica.
Kelly currently manages marathon trips for Boston, Easter Island, Petra, Bagan Temple, Outback, Dublin, Amazing Maasai Marathon and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
Nicole is the newest and shortest member of the Marathon Tours team and joins us with eight years of professional experience in international and domestic group travel and flight management. From middle school age, she has had the travel bug and loved being on the road and exploring new places. With a year abroad and sometimes intentionally getting lost on a quaint cobblestone pathway in Belgium or Germany, it was the true history and beauty that struck a chord within her that keeps her travel passion alive still. She hopes to continue to expand her list of 17 countries visited to destinations such as Australia, Africa and simply...Hawaii! Nicole currently manages marathon trips to Reykjavik, Rome, Berlin, Costa Rica and Tokyo.
Ann has joined the Marathon Tours team after spending five years working as Group Sales Manager for a domestic tour operator specializing in train travel. Since her 7th grade world geography class, she has had an interest in learning about all the world has to offer. During her time majoring in geography at the University of New Hampshire, her love of travel really kicked into high gear after spending a semester abroad in Australia. Let's just stay it was love at first flight! With her new position she hopes to expand her knowledge of the world.
Since joining the Marathon Tours Team Ann has since completed the Rio Half Marathon and the Big Five Half Marathon! She has her eyes set on the Medoc Marathon next! Ann currently manages marathon trips to Bermuda, Chicago, Paris, Comrades Ultra Marathon, Two Oceans, Big Five, Medoc Marathon, and Rio in addition to being an Oceania Cruise Line Specialist.
Born and raised in Great Britain, Jacqui has worked on and off in the travel industry for over 20 years. She has traveled extensively and lived in numerous countries around the world including Dubai, South Africa, Jakarta and Uruguay before settling in the U.S. in 1980.
Passionate about running and adventure she has completed over 50 marathons and has competed in ultra events such as the Leadville 100, the Himalayan Stage Race, Alaska's Iditasport 100 and 350 and the Yukon Arctic Ultra ...... to name a few.
Addicted to the outdoors .... Jacqui lives in Boulder, Colorado where she enjoys trail running, hiking, climbing, winter sports and yoga. She spent her 2010 summer rehabilitating lions for six weeks in Zimbabwe.
Jen joined the Marathon Tours staff in 2011 and previously worked with Team In Training. Her passion for sports led to a degree in sport management and employment in Minor League Baseball and recreational facility management. Through her employment with Team In Training, Jen gained valuable group travel experience and has traveled to Disney, Dublin, and Honolulu with the charity runners. She is the trip consultant for the Virgin Money London Marathon, Athens, Istanbul, Stockholm, London Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Antarctica and Run Disney events.
Jen is a native of Rhode Island but has called Boston home for the last ten years. A runner as well, Jen has completed fourteen half-marathons, five marathons, and several triathlons. In her spare time you can find her scuba diving in Utila, Honduras.
With more than eighteen years of experience in travel logistics, conference planning, and marketing it has been a dream to blend her passion of running and travel with her career. She has completed eight marathons, including Boston, and many half marathons and local races. Her goal is to return to the Boston Marathon start line in 2016!
Karen is a certified running coach with Road Runners Club of America, is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), earned her MS in Marketing Communications from the University of Kansas and BS in Economics/Finance from Bentley University. She is currently managing our programs to Antarctica, Cuba, and New York City; and looks forward to the many new opportunities ahead!
Caitlin found her true passion for experiencing new places and cultures during her first journey to Italy. Caitlin’s passion for traveling has brought her to Marathon Tours & Travel shortly after graduating with a degree in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism. She is quickly becoming an expert in assisting visitors planning hotel stays for the Boston Marathon.
She is continuing to learn new skills with Worldspan and ClientBase to increase her ability to service our growing clientele.
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Brutus was an extremely well-heeled traveler and during his life-time trotted throughout Ohio, Nevada, Colorado and Mississippi before settling in the Boston area.
Brutus specialized in the 10-yard-around-the-office dash while putting his paw of approval on MT trips. He will be sorely missed here at Marathon Tours & Travel.
August 3, 2004 - October 18, 2015