24 Readingites will Attempt to go the Distance this Marathon Monday
By ALAN FOULDS and ACE FOULDS
This Monday is the 122nd running of the famed and fabled Boston Marathon, and included on this year’s entrant list are 24 Reading residents. Two members of the local Mystic Runners club are among them.
Paul Whitelam is running the Hopkinton-to-Boston course for the fourth time and earned his qualifying time at last year’s race as well as in New York. In all, he’s run five marathons. Whitelam says he is looking forward to it and, maybe, enjoy cooler temperatures than the last two years. Rick Collette is running it for the 30th time. When asked why he runs every year he said, “It’s like having the Olympics in your backyard.”
Also running is Kate Mignosa. This is Kate’s second Boston Marathon. She jumped at the opportunity to run last year for a charity she was actually working for, Newton Wellesley Weston Committee for Community Living. She qualified at that race for this year. Mignosa comes from a running family which hosts the annual Take the Lake 5K. She really fell in love with the sport as an athlete on the Reading Cross Country team. She says running is her passion. She attends Boston College and finds the running community there to be exciting and fun. She’s done much of her long run training on the course.
Reading entrants into the 2018 Boston Marathon: