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B.A.A. Running Club Member Profile – Ryan Kenny


Personal Bests:
5 Mile 28:21
10 Mile 59:20
Half Marathon 1:16:07
Marathon 2:53:59


Residence: Boston, MA
Hometown/High School: South Windsor, CT/ The Loomis Chaffee School
College: College of the Holy Cross
Age Division: 35-39
B.A.A. member since: 2017


What is your favorite racing distance and race?
My favorite racing distance is the half marathon. My favorite race is the Blessing of the Fleet 10 mile race in Narragansett, RI.

Where is your favorite place to run in New England?
Along the Charles River

Tell us about your most memorable race experience or training run:
In 2016, I signed up to run the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon in the hopes of qualifying for my first Boston Marathon. About seven miles into the race, I noticed a slow train off in the distance running parallel to the course. As I made a turn, the train intersected with the course, blocking any runners from continuing the race. I stood in front of the train, jogging in place, watching my hopes of qualifying for Boston tick away. I then decided that the train was moving slow enough that I could time it properly and jump between two boxcars. After jumping through the train, I ran alone for the next 8 miles not knowing if the race was going to count. Looking back, it probably was not the safest move, but I ended up qualifying for Boston, which then lead to me joining the B.A.A.

What event(s) are you training for in 2018?
Right now, I’m training to run the Berlin Marathon in September. I’ve never been to Germany, so I’m really looking forward to the race. This summer I will be running The Blessing of the Fleet 10 mile race in Narragansett, RI as well as the Falmouth Road Race.

What’s the most difficult training workout you have accomplished?
My first ever B.A.A. workout

What’s your alternative training activity to running?
Weightlifting, swimming, and yoga

Tell us something unique about yourself that would surprise most of us:
I was a pitcher in college which entailed a lot of running. After college, I didn’t run again until my late 20s because I always associated running with something that I was forced to do. After running my first competitive race in 2007, I was hooked! I have really grown to enjoy and respect the sport of running. It is much more personal than a team sport, and requires a lot more self-discipline.

When you’re not running, what do you like to do?
Spending time with my wife, family, and friends. I also enjoy coaching little league and heading to the beach in the summer.

If you could run anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I think that it would be pretty amazing to run in the Serengeti Marathon in Tanzania. To be able to run alongside African wildlife would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Plus, you have the added bonus of hiking up Mt. Kilimanjaro afterwards!

What’s your profession or field of work?

What’s your favorite Adidas racing or training shoe?
Adizero Adios 3

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