The Season Begins!

Posted: November 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

Training begins in earnest Saturday for the 2013 Boston Marathon!  The start of a new training season promises to be filled with challenge, empowerment and inspiration.  It’s always exciting to begin training a new group of runners and share my 36 years of running and 17 years of coaching experience with the Marathon Coalition runners.  It continues to astonish me that most of my runners will be running the 2013 Boston Marathon as their first marathon.

I ran my first Boston Marathon in 1979 after running 2:59:55 and qualifying by just 5 seconds, which is only 1-2 steps after running 26.2 miles.  I didn’t even know what the Boston Marathon was when I approached the starting line of the Richmond Newspapers Marathon that morning in Richmond, Virginia so I certainly didn’t know I needed to break 3 hours.  I knew so little about marathoning before my first marathon.  I had never run more than 7 miles beforehand and I consumed a large stack of pancakes just before the race.  I then ran 4 marathons within 6 months, all sub 3 hour efforts.

We had our kick-off for the Marathon Coalition last night at the Museum of Science.  It was heartwarming to hear representatives from  the 13 charities present their respective mission.  I felt so proud as I listened to each charity describe their mission and the impact it’s having in the lives of so many..  The Marathon Coalition didn’t exist 5 years ago and was spawned from my desire to continue coaching after being the head coach at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ‘s Team In Training program for 12 years and the vision of Mike Wasserman of Bottom Line.

The Marathon Coalition includes the following charities:

  • uAspire
  • Boston Partners in Education
  • Bottom Line
  • Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester
  • Boys & Girls Club of Newton
  • Camp Shriver
  • College Bound Dorchester
  • Dream-Big!
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
  • Jumpstart
  • Mass Mentoring Partnership
  • Museum of Science
  • Summer Search

So many students will benefit from the fundraising efforts of each Marathon Coalition runner.  The gift of hope, particularly for a better education, can be life altering!  Each Marathon Coalition runner should find considerable comfort in knowing they will make a significant difference in the lives of so many from their effort during the next 5 months.  The money raised is an annuity that will sustain itself for generations.

I cherish my role as a coach, it ranks right beside being a husband and a father.  I enter each training season with the knowledge that it’s going to be extremely challenging to prepare nearly 170 runners to run Boston.  But I also know it’s going to be an incredibly rewarding 5 months that will be completely worth the effort I invest.  I’m also so excited to have Greg Guarriello joining the coaching staff.  He brings a wealth of athletic accomplishment, compassion, and a desire to serve others to his new role…we are lucky to have him.

Our goal is always to prepare each runner to complete Boston in relative comfort.   Greg and I are mindful of the importance of being the best role models possible in an effort to inspire our runners to accomplish more than they ever imagined in life…well beyond the finish line of the Boston Marathon!

Go TEAM!

Comments
  1. russtrottier says:

    Let the journey begin. Hope to join you guys in a few runs.

  2. Thank you. I received your e-mail and also subscribed to your blog.

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