Monday, March 31, 2014

Q&A with marathon runner Joe Moran

Image of marathon runner Joe Moran, and patient partner Ani, age 10, Brain Tumor

Joe Moran, running for Ani, age 10, brain tumor

Q: What is your name?

A: Joe Moran

Q: Where are you from?

A: Brighton, MA

Q: Why did you choose to run the marathon for MassGeneral Hospital for Children?

A: I was inspired to get involved with a charity whose cause was geared toward children. Coach Dan is a childhood friend of my wife, and when Dan informed me of the mission of the Mass General Marathon Team, I jumped at the opportunity to become part of the team.

Q: What kind of experience do you have as a runner?

A: I became an avid runner when I moved out to California in 1999, and it has been part of my routine since. I run three to four times per week and tend to take part in a number of 5K races throughout the year. I have one marathon (10 years ago) under my belt.

Q: What inspires you as a runner?

A: Running provides me both the ability to have an outlet to get away from the daily stresses and to build a strong foundation of being in shape. My health is a focal point in my life.

Q: What has been your most memorable moment preparing for the marathon?

A: The first 10 miles of my first 13 mile run were in the pouring rain, and the last three were in the snow. There was one point when I thought, “What am I doing?” It actually ended up being a blast. The elements of this winter have made for some interesting training sessions.

Q: What have you learned about your patient partner and what makes him special?

A: When I was first introduced to the program, I could not wait to get home to my laptop and apply. I was very inspired as I got a look into what these children are up against and go through every day. When times are tough, people need support and a person to rely on, and I feel this program offers that.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about marathon day?

A: The energy that will encompass our city. I am really excited about being entrenched in the event and running for a cause that I believe so much in.

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