Boston Marathon Roll Call: Jerry McDonnell

Our fourth veteran profile for 2018 is none other than Jerry McDonnell. With a masters (40+) marathon PR of 2:57:30 set at Boston 2015, he knows a thing or two about how to make Boston a successful marathon



How many times have you run Boston? Seven

What was your first year running Boston? 2006

What was your first experience like? PR? PW? Did you BQ at Boston or did it humble you and inspire you to seek out revenge? I think I enjoyed it. I did BQ, but for some reason once I was done I didn’t pursue it for another five years (no clue why…).

Why do you keep coming back? Is there something special about the race that keeps you coming for more, or are you just a serial marathoner? Unless 1-2 a year counts, I’m definitely NOT a serial marathoner. But just because it’s Boston, It’s a big deal for every runner to qualify, and it is an amazing day to be there.

Is your preparation for the 2018 race different than previous Boston Marathons? Overall how would you rate your training? Was there a single workout or tuneup race where you thought, “Bring on Boston!” or conversely, “Oh my god I’m not ready for this!” I never think I’m ready for this, and there’s never a single workout or race that makes me think like “I’ve got this!” But this year my preparation involves not worrying about it too much.

What are you looking forward to the most about the race? That would be the end of it.

What are you dreading the most about the race? Miles 10-26.2

Is this going to be a PR attempt? Nah, that ship has sailed. But maybe another (life)time.

What’s your strategy for April 16? A bottle of ENSURE® 60 mins before the race.

I double dare you: predict your time! Declined.

Jerry en route to a 2:57:30 finish at the slightly damp 2015 Boston Marathon

Jerry en route to a 2:57:30 finish at the slightly damp 2015 Boston Marathon

What words of advice do you have for first-time Boston runners? Enjoy it AF. There’s nothing like your first Boston.

In two weeks time you will cross the finish line and think, “NEVER AGAIN!” Be honest — will you run this race again? In a heartbeat.

Which course is harder and why: New York or Boston? Both. Because.

What’s the first beer you’ll have after the race? Stoli martini, up, with a twist, extra dry.

I apologize for ripping this off from the NBR blog, but in your head what celebrity do you think you resemble most when you’re running? Steven Hawking, perhaps.

Steven Waldon