Brad McCorry, 37
General Sales Manager at Grove Dodge
I am honored to be running the 2014 Boston Marathon for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, and this year’s team will raise more than $5.3 million with our ultimate goal being “A world without Cancer.”
In March of 2010 I stepped on a scale, and a big number was staring me in the face: 295 pounds. Struggling with alcoholism and depression, I started running, one kilometer at a time. Four months and 55 pounds later, I found help, quit drinking and kept running. As I recovered, running became spiritual for me, and, in August 2010 — only one month into recovery — I decided to run in the Edmonton Half Marathon. Finishing the race in 2:01:17 inspired me to keep running, and since then I have finished five half marathons, with my PR being in Calgary last year (1:45:52).
Why are you running the 2014 Boston Marathon?
Boston will be my first full marathon, and I couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to run for the DFMC and raise money for cancer research. Almost four years sober and now 180 pounds, I hope to inspire people struggling with addiction, depression and weight problems. I live with a disease, I am an alcoholic, but I am running the Boston Marathon. Who would have thought that?
What part of the event/course are you most looking forward to?
Every mile of this experience is going to be amazing, but I am pretty sure when I see the Citgo sign that there will be a lot of emotions flying through me. Knowing that Boylston Street is within reach will be a time of reflection on how I got to where I am in life. My family will be with me every step of the way — this marathon is as much their race as it is mine.
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What does “Boston Strong” mean to you?
Boston Strong represents the strength, courage and resilience of the city when it endured trauma and injustice. Being from Canada and a huge Red Sox fan, I followed closely as the great city of Boston rallied around first responders, unsung civilian heroes, and the families of those closely affected by the bombings. President Obama was right [when he said Boston will run again]. There was a parade down Boylston street last year, and yes, the world is returning to Boston this year to run harder than ever and to cheer even louder than ever for the 118th Boston Marathon.
Who is coming out to support you this year?
My wife, Dawn, will be in Boston cheering me on and taking in the experience. She has been a huge part of my recovery and has supported me through some real tough times, so when I cross the finish line, I will be crossing it with her and my three sons (Wilson, 9, Boston, 7, and Emerson, 4) in my heart. Running for the DFMC I have also dedicated my run to my Grandpa, who lost his battle with cancer, and Vanessa Glew, who has inspired me with her journey and kicking cancer’s butt.
What is your race-day goal?
I will be happy finishing and taking in the experience, but what would a runner be if they didn’t show their competitive side? 3:45 is my goal time in this year’s Boston Marathon.