“He’s one of the nicest guys in the world; you couldn’t meet a more positive, outgoing guy,” Guanci said of Gilligan. “Bobby is inspiration enough for anyone.”
Like many marathoners trying to fit training around an already packed home and work life, Guanci — the father of Anna (17), Noah (7) and Julia (5) — makes the most of the time he has. He runs alone, without headphones, just he and the steady sound of his feet continually hitting the pavement (or treadmill).
“My wife (Kristin) has been great,” Guanci said. “It’s not easy to spend the time that you’d like to with your family and run a business when you have to get out there and train. She’s been terrific in allowing me to find the time to do it.”
On Mondays and Wednesdays, Guanci will run inside (It’s easier on the treadmill when you have young kids,” he said). Tuesdays are his long run days, when he gets outside and generally goes 10-12 miles; he ran 18 1/2 miles two weeks ago in a little less than 2 hours and 45 minutes. Thursdays is another 10-12 miles outdoors, followed by six miles on Fridays and another 7 or 8 miles on each of the weekend days when he can.
Friday night’s fundraiser at the ICC, said Guanci, is a way not only to help raise more funds, but also awareness about Dana Farber. Local comedian Dave Rattigan and some of Boston’s best comedians will highlight this comedy extravaganza, which will also feature food from Super Sub, chance drawings and silent sports auction, with items including autographed and framed photos of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, a 2011 Stanley Cup photo of the Bruins’ Tyler Seguin, a Jason Varitek 2004 World Series photo and other Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup autographed items, as well as those from the Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots.