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B.A.A. Running Club Member Profile – John Barrett

Personal Bests:
10K 36:30
Half Marathon 1:19:21
Marathon 2:47:14

Photo Credit: MarathonFoto.com

Residence: Needham, MA
Hometown/High School: Springfield, MA/Central High School
College: Western New England College/University of North Carolina- Greensboro
Age Division: Masters
B.A.A. member since: 2000

PROFILE QUESTIONS

What is your favorite racing distance?
Marathon

Where is your favorite place to run in New England?
Forest Park in Springfield, MA

Tell us about your most memorable race experience or training run:
The 1994 Boston Marathon, which was the year former winner and longtime participant Johnny Kelley ran the last 10K of the race, from his statue on Commonwealth Ave. I believe this was last time he ran a portion of the race. I took the left Boylston street and saw him and ran beside him for a bit. A memorable moment for sure given the crowd’s enthusiasm for his last run.

What event(s) are you training for in 2017?
Fall X-C, half marathon, and ultimately the 2018 Boston Marathon.

What’s the most difficult training workout you have accomplished?
Anytime I am running more than 15 miles alone.

But more specific, a marathon training run many years back from Hopkinton in early April. Conditions were awful, cold rain coming head on. The workout was something like a twenty mile run with a six mile tempo starting at mile 10. I finished the tempo, but ended up in the fire station in Newton with some form of dehydration/hypothermia. The firefighters were unbelievable, they gave me blankets and hot tea. My friend Chris George had to come pick me up. But I did finish the tempo!!!

What’s your alternative training activity to running?
Less is often more. I’m a big believer in downtime after target races. So I like tennis and golf during the summer. Other than that, nothing.

Tell us something unique about yourself that would surprise most of us:
Wrestling was my primary sport and it got me into running. I ran a lot to make weight during the winter. I got to know a few of the members on the XC team at my high school through some of those runs, so I decided to run XC my senior year to get ready for wrestling. I immediately liked the sport. The two sports have a lot in common,mano a mano. XC runners were low key and hungry, they were willing to dig deep within themselves without notoriety.

When you’re not running, what do you like to do?
Coach baseball, spend time with family and friends.

If you could run anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Ireland. I ran the Dublin Marathon back in 2007 and enjoyed the scenery while seeing my ancestor villages in the southern countryside.

What’s your profession or field of work?
Asset Management: Portfolio Manager

What’s your favorite adidas racing or training shoe?
Easy: Adios

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