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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 2022 Boston marathon to be held in April this year. If you would like to submit a profile contact


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Bree Cunningham

Hometown: Framingham for the past 20 years

Marathon Team: Team Framingham 2023

Is this your first marathon? No. This will be my 6th marathon overall and my third Boston Marathon. My first marathon was Boston in April 2016. Since then, I have run the Chicago marathon and the New York marathon.

What is your personal best marathon time? My personal best is 5 hours

Is this your first Boston Marathon? No this will be my third Boston marathon with one of my Boston marathons being the 2018 which was completed in wind sleet and torrential rain.

Why run Boston? There is something about the Boston Marathon that you cannot experience anywhere else. Running in your hometown adds to the excitement. You see family and friends all along the course. There is nothing like seeing the famous Citco sign and hearing sounds of the cheering crowds as you come into the final mile.

Which charity are you raising money for? Hoops and Homework

Why did you pick that charity? I have run for this charity in the past and have seen firsthand how the money raised helps the children Hoops. Having kids of my own and them having friends that attend Hoops for Homework gives a special meaning to the charity for me.

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How did you first get into running? I started running 5Ks with a friend and together we progressed into Marathons.

Why do you like to run? Running allows me to clear my mind and focus on myself for a short period of time.

Tell SOURCE something about your training for the marathon: The one thing I love about training is that it challenges me. There are times when the training run might not go as planned and you have to move beyond it mentally and physically.

What is your favorite cross-training activity? Bootcamp or boxing

Do you prefer to train alone or with others? Why? It depends on the run and the day. Definitely for the big runs I prefer to train with others. Running long distance can be boring and lonely at times so running with a group or a friends helps tremendously.

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Are you an early morning runner or evening runner? Early morning

How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run? Friends and family. I have amazing friends and family that push me to go when I feel like I can’t anymore.

Music or no music when running? If music, favorite song? I actually listen to podcasts but do not listen during the marathon. I like to hear the crowds while I run the marathon.

What is your favorite pre-running meal? For normal runs I eat oatmeal and have coffee however, on the morning of the marathon I will have oatmeal, coffee, a banana and a bagel.

What is your favorite post-run snack? Potato chips and a ginger ale. A steak dinner

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Tell SOURCE readers something about you that has nothing to do with running: I am a mother of three kids

What shoes will you wear on Marathon day? Asic nimbus

What is your goal for the 2023 Boston Marathon? To finish. I unfortunately did not finish my last marathon due to medical reason.

Will you wear anything personal or symbolic the day of the 2023 Boston Marathon? Why? I always wear a baseball cap. I started wearing baseball caps after my first half marathon and have continued the tradition ever since.

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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.