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Editor’s Note: SOURCE invited runners from Team Framingham and a couple of other Framingham-based charity teams to participate in a series of Q&As about their training for the 2021 Boston marathon to be held in October this year, due to the pandemic. If you would like to submit a profile contact Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, October 11.


Joe Kynoch

Hometown:  Framingham

Marathon Team: Team Framingham

Is this your first marathon? No, this is my fifth marathon 

What is your personal best marathon time? 4:50

Is this your first Boston Marathon?   This is my fourth Boston Marathon: 2014, 2017, 2018 and this year.

Did you participate in the 2020 virtual marathon? No I didn’t do the virtual marathon

Why run Boston?  The hometown marathon.  I grew up watching the runners every April and I always wanted to do it.  I never thought I could get an entry, so it was great when the town had a lottery for the bibs.

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Which charity are you raising money for?  Framingham History Center

Why did you pick that charity? My family has been in Framingham for several generations.  The Framingham History Center is working hard to present programs that connect and represent the contributions of all residents and communities in our city.  I believe these programs are important in our age.

Link to your charity fundraising page:

How did you first get into running?  Running was a fad in the 1970’s and I guess I got started then.

Why do you like to run? I enjoy the outdoors.  It seems natural to run.  I don’t run with music or podcasts, I like to hear what’s going on around me and enjoy the solitude.

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Tell me something about your training for the marathon:  Training in the summer was difficult for me.  The heat and humidity were too much for me sometimes.

How has the pandemic changed your running habits? Not much, though there were no in-person races for the last 18 months

What is your favorite cross-training activity? I don’t do any formal cross-training.  I play hockey and softball a couple times a week and that gives different muscles and tendons a workout.

Do you prefer to train alone or with others? Why?  I like the accountability of running with others: you have to be there and get started.  I am not much of a talker when I run but I try to carry on a conversation so I can control my pace.

Are you an early morning runner or evening runner? Definitely Morning

How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run?  It’s hard sometimes to get out there.  I just have to do it sometimes.

Music or no music when running? If music, favorite song?  No music.

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What is your favorite pre-running meal?  Oatmeal.

What is your favorite post-run snack?  Coffee.  For the last mile or so, all I can think of is that cup of coffee.

Tell SOURCE readers something about you that has nothing to do with running: 

What shoes will you wear on Marathon day?  Saucony Triumphs

What is your goal for the 2021 Boston Marathon?    Under 5 hours, though I am trimming my expectations a little because my training didn’t go well, so under 5.5 hours

Will you wear anything personal or symbolic the day of the 2021 Boston Marathon? Why?  My Team Framingham jersey.

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By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.