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McCatty's perserverance hands him Boston Marathon qualification

Sunday, November 17, 2019

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FOR some people, running a marathon is a far-fetched thought, while for others, it is a dream, then a goal, then a reality.

This is the case of Phillip McCatty, who resides in Canada and placed third in the inaugural staging of the Kingston City Marathon (KCM) held in March of this year.

Crossing the finishing line in a time of 2 hours, 59 minutes and 43 seconds, on the Association of International Marathons (AIMS)/IAAF certified course, McCatty has qualified for next year's (2020) prestigious and popular Boston Marathon.

From that performance, McCatty, who was born in Jamaica and migrated to Canada as a teenager in 2012 where he started his athletic career, it was an excellent achievement for the 35-year-old. He grew up not playing a lot of sports because he was asthmatic.

In 2009, he started endurance running as part of his triathlon training without any background in any of the three sports, swimming, biking and running. His preparation for KCM involved a lot of running.

“During my marathon preparation, I also balanced my training with swimming and cycling, although to a lesser extent so that I can focus on the run.

“The training involves a gradual increase in mileage, mostly easy sessions and often double run days. The long run is critical to dial in pacing and race-specific fueling,” said McCatty.

The elated athlete, who has fond memories of the KCM, said: “I looked up the KCM for a few reasons. A certified course meant that a Boston qualification was possible, and so I went after that goal, as well as the course is very scenic and it got me back to Jamaica.”

He also had positive feedback about the organisation that he felt was very well executed and surpassed all his expectations.

McCatty observed that the aid stations were frequent and adequately stocked, which is very crucial to a course.

“I had a great time in Jamaica, and I intend to return in 2020 to participate in the Kingston City Marathon, Sunday March 15, 2020, as I plan to better my time and hopefully also to step up further on the podium,” he added.


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