John Conceison: Family, quarrel opposite ALS drives Daegan Benison a distance

December 31, 2017 - als

For Auburn local Daegan Benison, he’s gripping his New Year’s using resolutions in perspective.

While his large marathon for a year will be 2018 Chicago in October, he’ll run a half marathon in early spring, another in early summer, all while adding strength and continuation toward obscure his best clocking over 26.2 miles, and hopefully alighting a subordinate time for Boston.

“I’m going to work tough on my strength and mobility,” pronounced Benison, a former St. John’s High soccer captain who now lives in New York City’s Upper East Side and works as a financial researcher in a investment bank during JPMorgan Chase. “I’m anticipating to get a a subsequent turn … I’ll be attack a gym some-more often, yoga, all we can do to strengthen.

The 24-year-old Benison, who fundamentally held a using bug from his father Tim and mom Tracey, does not competition a customary runner’s build — he can enter many a competition as a Clydesdale during 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. “But basically, I’ve been using my whole life, since all a using in soccer had me prepared to go prolonged distance.”

His 45-50 miles a week by a 12-week training devise helped him record a 3 hours, 15 mins during this year’s New York City Marathon.

Not usually did a Fordham University connoisseur perform adult to his expectations with his finish in Central Park, though he lifted $6,500 for a ALS Association, a gift nearby and dear to him and his family. His aunt, Mary Beth Benison, died of a dreaded illness in 2015, and Daegan not usually has been an fervent fundraiser though has won a Mary Beth Benison Foundation 5K races a past dual Octobers during Lake Park, with his 17:58 in 2016 his 5K personal best.

“It’s tough putting into difference how special that is,” pronounced Benison, whose 22-year-old sister Delaney also graduated from Fordham, usually final May, and usually began work as a prolongation partner in New York for a ABC uncover “The Chew.” “You can usually feel MB’s presence — it’s been a unequivocally special day for a past dual years. To go out there in a bid to take down this illness feels unequivocally special any year.”

Benison was one of 30 ALS Association group members using New York, and a final miles are many informed belligerent for him as “a good 70 to 75 percent of my training is in Central Park.”

“It’s totally extraordinary as a march runs by any of a 5 boroughs,” he said. “You get a ambience of all a cultures that we confront in New York City, and there’s not one still partial of a course, as everybody is screaming for we all a way.

“You get held adult in a throng — it’s such a monumental experience,” pronounced Benison, who has dual younger brothers — Dillon, 18, a beginner during Sacred Heart University, and Aiden, 14, a beginner during St. John’s High.

Benison confirmed his preferred 7:20 gait by a initial 20 miles while good wakeful of “The Lull,” a apportionment of a march around mile 22 where a march is about to re-enter Manhattan around Harlem. There, many marathoners can tend to remove their pace, like in any marathon after a initial 20 miles.

“But a throng was merrymaking there, and a song was loud, so that helped me get behind into hit,” pronounced Benison, who again picked adult his gait in Central Park.

Another motivator for Benison is his uncle, Chris Corso, a pivotal comparison during Bishop Feehan when a Shamrocks surprisingly prisoner a All-State cross-country championship in 1987. “He’s such a fireball,” Benison said. “He’s told us a lot about that team, and he’s always unequivocally articulate me adult about using and motivating me.”

New York was Benison’s initial central marathon finish — his genuine entrance came as a Boston bandit.

“In 2014, we ran with my mom and finished in 3:50,” Benison pronounced about a Boston classical a year after a tragedy of a marathon bombing. Tracey Benison was stopped during mile 23 in 2013, along with Daegan, who assimilated in a 17th mile to boost his mom to a finish. Instead, a Benisons walked behind to Newton before alighting their float behind to Central Mass.

When Benison takes on Chicago while again lifting income for ALS, his using idea will be 3:05, his subordinate customary for Boston. “Hopefully, a longer training we devise will compensate off there.”

Winter breather

This mainstay now will take a brief winter mangle and lapse in early March. Nevertheless, greatfully feel giveaway to email anything using related, and we shall continue to refurbish a Running Calendar. And we’re always looking for suggestions for Boston Marathon Faces in a Crowd.

Please be clever to all using outdoor during these winter months … and as we schooled in 2017, even a summer months. Happy New Year to all.


11 a.m. Jan. 1 — Freezer 5, 5 miles, 1-mile fun run, Houghton School, 40 Boutelle Road, Sterling. Entry fee: $30. Information:,,, (978) 422-6612.

11 a.m. Jan. 1 — 1st Day 5K, Gray Barn, 2 Elm Place, Whitinsville. Online registration only. Packet pickup: 3-5 p.m. Dec. 31, 9:30 a.m. competition day. Entry fees: $35, $20 underneath 15. Information:

10 a.m. Jan. 6 — Crystal Freeze Fun 5K Walk/Run, Crystal Club, 343 Main St., Clinton. Informal sign-in: 9:15 a.m. Donation: $10 minimum, to advantage Crystal Club Charity. Information:, (978) 660-2718.

11 a.m. Mar 4 — Stu’s 30K Road Race (also 2-4-person relay), Clinton Middle School, 100 West Boylston St. (Route 110), Clinton. Entry fees: $50 pre-entry, $65 competition day; $25 send per chairman (relay singular to 50 teams). Information:,; (774) 239-1751.

11 a.m. Mar 11 — Ayer Police Association St. Paddy’s Day Road Race, 3.3 miles, Carlin’s Tavern, 7 Depot Square, Ayer. Registration: 3-5 p.m. Mar 8 during Ayer Police Station, 8:30 a.m. competition day. Entry fees: $25 pre-entry, $30 competition day. Information:

11 a.m. Mar 11 — Celtic 5K (first eventuality of Tour de Worcester), Elm Park, 284 Highland St., Worcester. Registration: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mar 10 during Sneakerama, 12 Lake Ave., Worcester; 9:30 a.m. competition day. Entry fees: $29 to Dec. 31, $30 to Mar 10, $35 competition day. Information:

10 a.m. Mar 17 — St. Patrick’s Road Race/Walk, 4 miles, Barton Center for Diabetes Education, 60 Clara Barton Road, North Oxford. Registration: 9 a.m. Entry fees: $27 pre-entry, $30 competition day. Information:

1 p.m. Mar 18 — Shamrocks on a Rocks, 5K, On a Rocks, 96 Lakefront St., Lunenburg. Registration: 10:30 a.m. Entry fees: $20 pre-entry, $25 post. Information:

10 a.m. Mar 31 — Frank Nealon Boston Tune-Up 15K, Nipmuc Regional High School, 90 Pleasant St., Upton. Registration: 8 a.m. Entry fees: $35 before Feb. 1, $40 post, $30 underneath 19, giveaway 70 and over. Information:,

6:30 p.m. Mondays — Monday 3-Mile Road Race, The Ballot Box, 9-17 Kelley Square, Worcester. No fee. Self-timed competition by Canal District. Information: (508) 753-3588.

6:30 p.m. Tuesdays — Marathon Sports Shrewsbury Weekly Fun Run, 3 miles, 4 miles, 5 miles, Marathon Sports Shrewsbury, 50 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. No fee. Information:, (508) 425-3030.

6:30 p.m. Thursdays — Sneakerama Fun Run, 2-5 miles, 12 Lake Ave., Worcester. No fee. Information: (508) 799-7278,

6:30 p.m. Thursdays — PR Running Fun Run, 3-4 miles, 18 Lyman St., Westboro. Information: (508) 366-8101,

9 a.m. Saturdays — Central Mass Striders 5K Series, Worcester State. Registration: 8:15 a.m., Sullivan Auditorium. Entry: $3 CMS members, $5 nonmembers, $1 students, giveaway for Worcester State students. Information: (508) 767-7468,

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