Kelly (Running Coach)

Running. I do it because I love it. But, I wasn’t always a runner. I played basketball in high school and college and only ran to stay in shape for the upcoming season. It was in May 2004 when my brother was diagnosed with bone cancer that I became a marathoner. Coming from a tight-knit athletic family, his diagnosis was heartbreaking. We knew Ian had a long road to recovery ahead of him and we all coped in our own way. As for me, I ran. When I wasn’t at his bedside, I was doing laps at my old high school track. I’m not sure if I ran to escape, or ran just to get out anxious energy. Either way, I started with just 1 mile a day. Knowing that I was moving to Boston in the fall for graduate school, I decided that I would run the Boston Marathon. Nine months later, I crossed the finish line on Boylston Street with my brother and family members there cheering me on. Eight years and 18 marathons later, I haven’t looked back. My running career has taken me to places I never dreamed: representing Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at a championship road race in South Africa, running through all 6 New England states in less than 36 hours, and most recently, coming in first place at the Brooklyn Marathon. Running has become an integral part of my life and I am excited to share it with others.