Boston Marathon Runner Profile: Chip Kivlehan Running For Framingham High School Foundation

Editor’s Note: Framingham Source is profiling runners participating in the 2018 Boston Marathon. If you would like to be profiled, email before April 10. (Updated at 7:55 a.m. Monday)
James “Chip” Kivlehan


Hometown: Hopedale

Team Framingham Member: YES


Is this your first marathon? This is my first marathon



Why run Boston? Growing up in Newton, the Marathon was one of the days that my family spent together watching as the runners take the Fire House turn. As I grew older, the day became more of a get together with friends in and around Boston College; thinking about running the Marathon was more of a fleeting thought. In 2016, I took my daughter and son the Red Sox game unfortunately rain shortened the game. We then walked to Kenmore Square to watch the runners. That is when a saw a woman, roughly 55 years old turn the corner and look right at the 1 Mile to go sign hanging next to where we were standing. She broke down crying,
tears of joy knowing her training and hard work was about to pay off. Another woman, younger in her 20’s stopped, asked if she was alright and the two of
them went off together. That was when I decided to run Boston. I saw something magical and inspirational happen right in front of me and I wanted to be part of the comradery and tradition that is the Boston Marathon.


Which charity are you raising money for? Framingham High School Foundation


Why? Before moving to Hopedale, my family and I spent 13 years her in Framingham. Both my wife and I have family and friends in Framingham, some
with children that or will shortly attend the High School. These funds will help provide opportunities for different after-school activities.


To support Chip and donate to his fundraising, click here.



How did you first get into running?  I have run several 5K events to help different causes, I do not think I really “got into running” until training for this year’s Marathon. I am looking to find a running club to join in my area, to continue running.


Why do you like to run? I truly enjoy the team training runs; the members of Team Framingham have provided the extra boost of confidence when I/we need it most. During the long training runs, I find myself not thinking about anything but the run itself. No thoughts of work or anything except the next mile and the music I listen to.


What is your goal for the 2017 Boston Marathon?I want to cross that finish line. After putting the miles and the time away from my family, 4 hours or more on a long training run, is a long time to be away, not finishing would be heartbreaking … no pun intended. If you are asking for a time goal, I am shooting for below 5:30:00.


Tell me something about your training for the marathon: For me, running on a treadmill for more than 5 miles on a treadmill is torture, really boring even with a TV or other distractions. Running on the road is far more enjoyable, the scenery and other runners I encounter. I did not realize that there was another world for runners. On our first training run that took us into Newton and the hills, there were lots of people training as well. These folks are giving encouragement, high fiving each other; it is a party like atmosphere! Also, the people driving around the streets of Hopedale, Mendon, Upton, Bellingham and Hopkinton have been very kind, moving out of the way and not tried to make me a permanent part of their car.


How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run? Setting an example for my children, once you make a commitment you see it through no matter how long. I also think about The Foundation and the folks who donated, I do not want to let them down.


What is your favorite pre-running meal?  During the week and shorter runs, I don’t really eat before. I typically run at night, so whatever I have for lunch is the fuel I use. For the longer runs on weekend mornings 10 miles plus, I will have a cup of coffee and either toast or a bagel an hour or more before I start to run. The key for me at least, is a good and healthy dinner the night before.


What shoes will you wear on Marathon day? Asics GT-2000 5


Will you wear anything personal or symbolic the day of the 2018 Boston Marathon? What I wear will depend on the weather. As of now I do not have any plans to wear anything special, however, this is the 5th year Anniversary of the bombings. If I can find a t-shirt or hat in tribute to Martin, Crystal, Lingzi, Sean and the hundreds survivors, I will wear that.


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