Boston Marathon Runner Profile: Joe Kynoch Running To Support Hoops and Homework

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Joe Kynoch

Hometown:​ Framingham

Team Framingham Member: ​Yes

Is this your first marathon? If not how many? This will be my third marathon and second Boston.

Is this your first Boston Marathon? If not when did you run your first BAA marathon?
and how many is this in 2018? 2017 was my first Boston.

Why run Boston? ​It’s the best! The atmosphere is thrilling. People are lining the entire route, cheering everyone on. The course is great. — have to love those hills in Newton.

Also, because I grew up in Framingham. Now people talk about running “Boston,” but it used to be “The” marathon, I don’t think there were any other marathons then, other than the Olympics. I remember watching as a young kid, then bringing my children. I always wanted to run it. I just had see what it was like as a participant.

Which charity are you raising money for? Why? I am running for Hoops and Homework. This is an amazing program that provides academic, recreational and other support for kids in 2 Framingham housing projects. It has a small, but very dedicated staff and runs completely on donations and grants.

Please consider supporting Hoops by contributing to my marathon fundraising:

How did you first get into running? After college. It was the fashion then. Everyone, even Jimmy Carter, was running. I ran my first marathon at 60. I figured I better do it now. I plan to keep running as long as I can.

Why do you like to run? It’s peaceful and satisfying to be out in the elements. I don’t have music on when I run. I enjoy disconnecting, just having the sounds and sights around me. And I always feel energized after a run.

What is your goal for the 2018 Boston Marathon? Under 5 hours. Beat my time of last year, which was just under 5 hours.

Tell me something about your training for the marathon: I don’t feel as well prepared as I would like, but I probably never would. Cold, snow and darkness make it harder to train. It takes a big push to get me out there for a long run if it’s 10 degrees or if it’s 40 and raining — knowing that the team is going to do this too, though, really helps. Once I get going and my hands warm up, I forget about the temperature and get into a rhythm. I try to run 3-4 mi, 3 times during the week and a long run on the weekend. Sadly, many runs this winter were treadmill runs.

How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run? Being part of a team helps and then knowing that Marathon Day is coming up – under a month away now — that’s a big motivator.

What is your favorite pre-running meal? English muffin or bagel with jelly. Lots of water.

What shoes will you wear on Marathon day? Saucony Triumph

Will you wear anything personal or symbolic the day of the 2018 Boston Marathon? Not really a sentimentalist.

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