Come Monday morning, Guanci will be on a bus with members of the Wicked Running Club in Salem at 6 a.m. bound for Hopkinton. He’ll have his black compression socks on, go to the church that Dana Farber rents out for its runners before the race for food, drinks and medical supplies, then be ready to go when the third wave of runners kicks off at 10:40 a.m.
“I’m looking forward to the solitude of 4 1/2 hours running alone by myself,” he said. “It’s a great way to clear your head and not think about work and other daily stresses. Once you’re out there running, that’s all you want to do.”
Four years ago during his inaugural Boston run, Guanci got hurt, was taped up at a fire truck along the route and didn’t finish as well as he’d like to. This time, he’d like to finish in under four-and-a-half hours.
“I can honestly say this will be it for me,” said Guanci. “I’m going to be 50 next year and I don’t have a runner’s built ... and I never will. The time it takes to train with a young family and having a business is too much.
“I want to go out Monday, run my race and know that I was able to raise some money for a great cause.”
Tickets for Friday night’s comedy event/fundraiser at the Italian Community Center in Beverly to support Guanci’s Dana Farber fundraising efforts can be purchased for $30 at Super Sub, or $35 at the ICC Friday. night.