Running for the Ranch: Gabe Mollica

People enjoying a ride on a rollercoasterIn Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Paul Newman and Robert Redford are standing on the edge of a cliff and they have two choices: jump into the water below or risk being out-numbered in a shootout. The two argue about the best course of action until Redford, the Sundance Kid, begrudgingly admits that he can’t swim. Newman, as Butch Cassidy, bursts out laughing and says “Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you!”

This scene is probably the best way I can describe what it’s like to train for a marathon. Yeah, it’s 26.2 miles, and will take me every bit of 5 hours, but it’s not the marathon that’s the scary part—it’s the training!

Now, for better or for worse, my training is largely complete! I’ve followed a moderately strict schedule of short run, medium run, and long run per week since late November. I’ve worn-out/ruined headphones, been forced to stop during long runs in 20 degree weather, and had the unfortunate realization that being in “marathon shape” looks a little too similar to “not being in marathon shape.”

That being said—I’m so, so honored to be running for Double H and Team Hole in the Wall. If being a camp counselor at Double H doesn’t convince you that you’re capable of goals you didn’t think possible, nothing will. The campers we serve overcome obstacles far greater than routinely getting exercise. For many, it’s not uncommon to experience hospital stays, surgeries, and folks telling them “no” on a regular basis. For me, having these brave, silly, and wonderful children (and their families!) as a motivator for both my running and fundraising feels like I’ve found the secret elixir of motivation: becoming inspired by campers!

So if you see me on the course, make sure to wave and tell me how not-tired I look! For my sake, I hope I can swim!

Health & Happiness,

Gabe Mollica


Gabe Mollica, a Double H Camp CounselorGabe Mollica, a Camp Counselor, will be running for the Double H Ranch at the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016. Gabe will be running as a member of “Team Hole in the Wall” and will raise funds to provide the joy and magic of camp to children and families living with a serious illness. To support Gabe in his fundraising goals visit:

Stay tuned as we continue to follow Gabe on his journey to the finish line!