Local man to run marathon for Leukemia, Lymphoma Society


Region – When Don LaCoy lines up to participate in the 113th running of the Boston Marathon Monday April 20, 2009, he will not only realize his dream of running in the most famous race in the world, but his doing so will honor the memory of his uncle, Frank Silun, and help those who still suffer from leukemia and lymphoma.


LaCoy, a Boylston resident, will participate in the Boston Marathon as a member of Team in Training, which runs to benefit the Massachusetts Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He will raise a minimum of $3,000 for the society and hopes to raise closer to $25,000.

"I started running again in 2006," LaCoy said. "I ran a little when I was in high school and college, but then I got fat and lazy."

LaCoy, 45, was motivated to start running again, in part, by his brother-in-law Sean Walton, who began training in January 2006 to run the Boston Marathon and then did so three months later.

"To begin to train for Boston in January and then actually run the race, and finish it, four months later was pretty incredible," LaCoy said. "That really inspired me to step up my efforts to run Boston."


LaCoy's attempt to conquer Boston, however, was slowed by a series of nagging injuries, aches and pains.

"I was plagued by injuries," LaCoy said. "It got to the point where I could only run two miles at a time. I limped along like that for about a year and a half. I thought about postponing running Boston for another year, but then I was worried that I'd get tired of it and quit again. That's when I decided to run for a charity because I knew if I was doing it for a good cause, I would stick with it."

LaCoy got hooked up with Team in Training through his friend Kristin Stewich, who ran the Boston Marathon in 2007 with the charitable organization and was going to do so last year and this year, but injuries have prevented her from being able to run the course again.

LaCoy, who has found that extra stretching before and after his workouts has alleviated virtually all of his nagging injuries, aches and pains, is logging about 45 to 50 miles a week.

"It's tricky sometimes," LaCoy said, "because of my travel schedule. When I'm on the road I try to get my workouts in on a treadmill in the hotel's weight room, but it's not the same."

LaCoy runs with his Team in Training teammates every Saturday.

"We meet every week in Wellesley center," LaCoy explained. "Usually there is some kind of seminar at the beginning, on fund-raising or stretching or nutrition, and then we go off on a run."

LaCoy is asking family, friends and anyone financially able to support his eff orts to make a one-time donation to Team in Training in his name.

There are three ways to make that donation: go to the Team in Training website at http://pages.teamintraining. org/ma/boston09/dlacoy; access the website through a link on LaCoy's myspace web page at http://www. myspace.com/donlacoy; or send a check to LaCoy at 583 Central St., Boylston MA 01505.

"Most people who have decided to make a contribution have donated anywhere between $25 and $100," LaCoy said.

LaCoy is running in memory of Silun, who passed away recently from cancer.

"My uncle was a guy who went to great lengths to make sure I was okay after my mother died in 1993 from cancer," LaCoy said. "It seemed like a natural to run in his memory."