Boston Marathon Runner Profile: Elise Gately Running For Resiliency For Life at Framingham High

Editor’s Note: Framingham Source is profiling runners participating in the 2018 Boston Marathon. 
Elise Gately


Hometown: Brighton. Originally from Holliston


Team Framingham Member: Yes


Is this your first marathon? If not how many? 3rd (Richmond, VA and San Francisco, CA)


Is this your first Boston Marathon? If not when did you run your first BAA marathon? and how many is this in 2018? Yes, it is my first!


Why run Boston? I live very close to the course, which has been wonderful for training purposes. I will have done Heartbreak Hill nearly a dozen times before race day, which feels great and helps my confidence! I also look forward to seeing my friends, family, colleagues, and students, who all seem to live within just a few miles of a course viewing point! The crowd will definitely be what pushes me to the finish this time.


Which charity are you raising money for? Why? 

Resiliency For Life, a Framingham High School dropout prevention program. After teaching many students with social and emotional difficulties, I found this particular program near and dear to my heart. I know, that if it is still up and running in 10 years, RFL could really benefit some of my students on their paths to graduation one day.

How did you first get into running? I was never an athletic child and am not particularly competitive. I do, however, enjoy being healthy. I found running to be something that I could do on my own, at my own pace, without expectation or judgment from anybody! It is also completely free and can be done absolutely anywhere, which was helpful when I was in college and as I’ve traveled to and from different places throughout my twenties.


Why do you like to run? I find it to be the most simple and relaxing form of exercise, no thought or coordination required. When doing my long runs, I love to listen to novels. When doing speed workouts, I love a good playlist. The Charles River can be beautiful. These are the things that excite me.

What is your goal for the 2017 Boston Marathon? To finish!


Tell me something about your training for the marathon: Flexibility is key- especially when there are blizzards and below-freezing temps and you’ve planned to run a long one. I just try to fit in my runs on the best days (weather wise) of the week.



How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run? Knowing that my friends and family have made such generous donations to my charity and knowing that they will be there cheering me on in April.


What is your favorite pre-running meal? A cinnamon raisin bagel with butter!


What shoes will you wear on Marathon day? Mizunos. 


Will you wear anything personal or symbolic the day of the 2018 Boston Marathon? Who knows! I will wear whatever the weather calls for, which really could range from a tank and shorts to a hat and gloves in New England!

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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