“It’s a mixture of self-sacrifice and accomplishment in order to garner funds for Dennis’ cause. It’s the best tribute we could think of,” said the 25-year-old Quigley, who works as an Assistant Project Manager for Commodore Builders. “It’s (been) on my bucket list, something I always wanted to do but didn’t know if I could.”
The duo have been running together since Raby convinced Quigley to join the cross country team in their junior year of high school. The two have run in several events over the past year, most recently the Jack Bristol Lake Waramaug 100K in Bethel, Conn.
Raby, who also ran cross country in college at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, is well aware of the physical and emotional tolls that have come up in preparation for this event.
“I’ve been running for about 10 years, so the ultra-distance stuff has crossed my mind. But I don’t know if I would do it on my own accord,” admitted Raby. “It is an interesting thing, excruciating sadness. I don’t think I would feel the need to put myself through so much pain voluntarily if so much pain had not been forced onto me involuntarily back in May 2012.”
Get ready for the heat
The Keys 100 presents a different sort of challenge for the former Fenwick classmates, who have been training in 40-degree temperatures the past few months. The weather in Florida at the end of this month, however, could range anywhere from 80-90 degrees with 85 percent humidity, a far cry from what they’ve been used to.
“This has been the most exhausting preparation for anything I’ve ever done,” said Quigley, who ran track and played hockey in high school. “It’s a mixture of pure joy as I finish a 30-mile run and I feel good, but depleted….then an immediate anxiety attack realizing technically there is still 70 miles left.