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Posted on September 7, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

TCS NYC Marathon Tips and Tricks


Walter Gaceta trains for NYC 2016 TCS Marathon

Who could offer better Tips & Tricks on how to run the TCS NYC Marathon than a guy who helps run Catholic Charities famed CYO sports programs?  And guess what?  That’s who we’ve got today for our regular Tips & Tricks feature where our Team Catholic Charities runners share their inspiration for their marathon sprint on the Big Day, Sunday, November 6, 2016.

Meet Walter Gaceta, CYO Ulster County Division Director.

By Walter Gaceta

I run for Catholic Charities because I want to be able to “pay it forward” for the opportunity that Catholic Charities has given me in helping enrich the lives of our youth, and also being able to contribute to people in need of assistance such as at our food pantry in Kingston. It is my hope that my running brings awareness to the work that Catholic Charities does for the people in need of New York.

Having played sports all of my life – there was always a running component to practices/workouts, which wasn’t always enjoyable for me at that time, but now that I have discovered the joy of running in my later years. I have come to appreciate the mind-clearing qualities of a great run after a long day or the feeling of accomplishment after a particularly grueling hilly or long run. In the middle of a challenging run. I constantly have to convince my mind to keep going no matter how hard.

I completed my #40racesfor40 running journey last year in which I ran 40 races from January to November – 23 of which were half-marathons and the 40th race being the Philadelphia Marathon. It was an amazing experience that took me to many great destinations such as Chicago, Lake Placid, Yosemite, Myrtle Beach, New York City, and all over the New England area from Rhode Island to New Hampshire.

I am training for this year’s NYC marathon by continuing to race on the weekends along with my usual training runs. Recently, I completed the Triple Threat Challenge in Massachusetts which was running three races (1 mile, 5k, and a half marathon) back-to-back-to-back in one day for a total of 17.2 miles. In September, I will be running the 18.12 mile challenge in Watertown, NY in honor of the historic battle of 1812 that took place there.

I try to create the analogy of running to life lessons for our youth in Ulster County that I come in contact with in the CYO program. I truly believe that people are a product of the adversity that they face in life at one point or another and how you overcome it or deal with it is what shapes you as a person.