Boston Marathon Profile – Kate Gamache
By Jeff Slovin, Contributing Writer
Region – Kate Gamache of Northborough, 35, is running her second marathon, in support of Boston Children’s Hospital.
How many marathons have you run?
This will be my second marathon. I ran Boston in 2012. My husband Chris trained right along side of me and ran as a bandit runner just so I wouldn’t be alone. He has been training this year again with me. He had hoped to run bandit with me but now with the new regulations it doesn’t appear that will happen. Our family, friends and community has been such a huge support system for us! It truly “takes a village” between watching the kids, being pit crews, leaving out water stops, etc. Chris has been my number one cheerleader this entire time. He makes the training runs bearable and I know I would never have been able to do this once, never mind twice, without him! He’s the unsung hero.
Has this winter’s weather affected your training routine?
I hate running on the treadmill, so I have done all my running outside this year. The weather has made it interesting, but on the days it has just been too cold I will cross-train.
If you are fundraising, what organization are you raising money for? How much have you raised?
I am running for Boston Children’s Hospital. I have raised approximately $7,200 so far.
If you ran Boston last year, what was your experience with what happened?
I did not run Boston last year, but my husband, a few friends and I were at mile 25 cheering on the Children’s Hospital team and our hometown friends that were running. It was scary and surreal. Not knowing where our friends were on the course, if everyone was all right, no cell service, it was all so unbelievable. We had to walk from mile 25 along the course to the top of Heartbreak Hill – that is the closest my brother in law could get to pick us up. We had taken the T in and my car was at Riverside. So scary, confusing and sad!
Why are you running Boston this year? What does it mean to you?
I am running Boston this year for a few different reasons. The first was the chance to give back to a hospital that has given my family so much. I am running for my love of the city and all that the Boston Marathon represents. I have either sat in front of the TV or been on the course cheering the runners on every year since I was a little girl. I am running for another “shot at it.” The 2012 Boston Marathon had 90-degree temperatures and was not the running day I had trained for. It was still a great experience but I felt I wanted one more chance. Lastly, I am running to show the world that we are all still Boston Strong.
To support Kate Gamache, and learn more about how Boston Children’s Hospital has played such an important role in her children’s lives, visit http://fundraise.childrenshospital.org/site/TR/Events/BostonMarathon?px=1003790&pg=personal&fr_id=1040
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