, Salem, MA

April 19, 2014

Marathon Snapshot: Rachel DiChiara

The Salem News

---- — Name: Rachel DiChiara

Age: 26

Hometown: Hamilton

Number of marathons: First time in Boston, first marathon ever.

Who are you running for?: I am an independent runner this year and not an official member of a team. I decided to partner up with a good friend and assist him in raising money for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. I was very excited for the opportunity to fundraise for such a great cause. Together, we have raised over $5,000!

Why is it important for you to run this year?: This is such an important year for the Boston Marathon, and it’s an honor to be able to run beside thousands of people from all over the world to show that we are Boston Strong and we will keep running no matter what! As a physical therapist, I understand the importance of rehab, and it’s amazing to see how far all of the survivors have come due to their hard work and perseverance. It’s important for me to run in order to help them and others receive the quality care they deserve.

A perfect race day would be: After a very tough and cold winter of training, an ideal race day would be 50 to 60 degrees, cloudy skies and low humidity. The best motivation will be the thousands of people cheering for us along the entire route. Having no pain would be a plus, too.