WAKEFIELD – Next Monday, 46 year-old Matt Patrick’s journey to complete his 14th Boston Marathon with Type 1 diabetes will begin.
After being diagnosed at 37, he had to re-learn and adjust his training techniques to account for this life-changing diagnosis.
With the 5 year anniversary coming up of the horrific 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, Matt reflected on that day by saying that he ran the race that day, and was home safe with his family in Wakefield when the bomb went off.
Matt’s first marathon with diabetes was in the 2008 NYC Marathon where he finished with a time of 2:50. The very next year, in the 2009 Boston Marathon Matt finished with his best time of 2:45 which is his personal best at marathon distance. (22 seconds faster than his previous best, prior to diagnosis)
To date, Matt has run the Boston Marathon 12 times, the NYC Marathon 10 times, and completed a Run Across America along with a number of 50k, 60k, and 100k races. With help from his Omnipod Insulin Management System and his involvement with the Diabetes Sports Project, a team of athletes all living with Type 1 diabetes, Matt has even set his own personal best and he isn’t done yet.
His marathon goal is to run the Boston Marathon 25 times, which would make it 11 more after this year.