Marshall coach setting sights on Boston Marathon

CNJ staff

Although Marshall Junior High coach and teacher Jason Hennessy has completed only two marathon races, the 24-year-old Albuquerque native is on track in his desire to qualify for next year’s Boston Marathon.

Hennessy ran in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Saturday in San Diego, finishing 583rd overall out of 20,410 runners with a time of three hours, 27 minutes and 9 seconds. He was 52nd in his age division (18-24 men).

That was an improvement of more than a half-hour over his time (4:00.29) in his first marathon competition last September in Albuquerque, where he finished 47th overall out of about 200 entrants.

To qualify for Boston, he must run 3:10 or better. He’ll have another chance to do it in December in a marathon in Las Vegas, Nev.

Hennessy, who coaches football and boys track at Marshall, said he’s always enjoyed running as exercise, but only last year thought about doing marathons after watching the sport on television during the Summer Olympics.

He said he runs about an hour on weekdays and about three hours on either Saturday or Sunday to train for the 26.2-mile event.

“I trained (for Saturday’s race) with a goal of running it in three hours and 30 minutes,” Hennessy said. “Next time, I hope my adrenalin will help me get (the qualifying time).”