Boston Marathon Profile – Jim Forbush
By Jeff Slovin, Contributing Writer
Region – Northborough resident Jim Forbush, 46, is running his very first marathon, as part of the Special Olympics Massachusetts team.
Has this winter’s weather affected your training routine?
Given the weather, I have stuck to indoor training for my mid-week runs on the treadmill. For the Saturday morning long runs (12-plus miles), I’ve been fortunate to complete almost all of the runs outdoors. In January, one of the runs through Northborough and Shrewsbury was a little treacherous due to black ice. In February, a training run through the actual Marathon course in Newton and Wellesley was scary at times due to traffic. The sidewalks were covered with snow and ice, and there is very little road space in certain spots. It’s been extremely cold, with several long runs below 10 degrees, but I’ve been motivated to push through.
If you are fundraising, what organization are you raising money for?
I am raising money for the Special Olympics of Massachusetts. So far I have raised approximately $5,000.
Why are you running Boston this year? What does it mean to you?
The events of last April affected me very deeply. In my 20s and 30s, I often went to the finish line to watch the race, as my office at the time overlooked the finish line on Boylston Street. There were many times that I stood on Boylston Street to cheer on the runners and know firsthand the incredible community spirit that the race brings out. I know I have stood on the very spot of the first explosion. The senseless killing of MIT Officer Sean Collier also hit close to home, as I went to MIT and knew the campus officers well. When I received an opportunity last fall to run the race and help Special Olympics, I knew I had to do it.
Do you expect any of the recently announced new procedures for this year to affect your race?
I don’t think the procedures will impact my race directly. I will be dropped off directly in Hopkinton for the race and will not need to carry much. I am a little worried how the procedures may impact my family and friends coming in to watch. Will they be able to get close to Boylston Street to see me finish? How will they handle the increased traffic and confusion due to street closures, especially since they are not experienced Boston drivers?
Do you have an interesting marathon-related story you wish to share?
My college friend, Laird Malamed, has completed marathons on all seven continents, including Antarctica. I believe there are less than 500 people in the world who can claim this. Laird did not start running marathons until 2007, at the age of 40, and has now completed close to 50 marathons and ultra-marathons in seven years. The blog of his running adventures is an incredible read (www.runlairdrun.com).
To support Jim Forbush, visit his fundraising link: http://www.crowdrise.com/SOMA2014bostonmarathon/fundraiser/jimforbush.
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