Heartbreaker Highlight - Cory Gardner

Introducing our next Heartbreaker Highlight, Cory Gardner! A northern New Englander settled in Boston's South End now for nearly two decades, Cory is recognizable on the streets here for his unique personal style and carefully, sometimes quite colorfully, coiffed hair. As a Heartbreaker (and even before as guide for Team With A Vision), he is known for his powerful support of the team. Easy and fun to be around, Cory's energy is infectious and his commitment to the team and his own running has paid dividends in the form of new PRs across all distances. Let's get to know Cory! 

Hometown & Alma Maters: Rochester, NH , Empire Beauty School

How old were you when you started running? 31

Why did you start running? So I could eat donuts without visible consequences.

How did you learn about the Heartbreakers and why did you join? You can’t live in Boston and run and not see the Heartbreakers near the front of the pack at nearly every race. Also the South End store is across the street from my job and John P (the old manager) would always encourage me to come to SEAC. 

Favorite part about being a Heartbreaker? So many of my teammates have become such great friends and I always feel so supported and encouraged. I’ve also become much faster and smarter at racing.

Who's your favorite runner? Mike Wardian. He is a year younger than me and despite being in his 40’s he regularly beats guys 20 years his junior. He volunteered as a guide for adaptive athletes in this year’s Boston and Chicago marathons.

Do you run with music? If so, what's your favorite song to run to? Currently Kim Petras’s Turn Off The Light is my fav but NRC at the Reggie surprisingly made me love Thunderstruck by AC/DC


What's your favorite interval distance? (200s? 400s? 1000s? other?) Whatever one is the one before we cool down.


What's one lesson about life you've learned through running? That hard work pays off.


What's your day job? I’ve been doing hair for over 20 years now and I love it.


If you could run with anyone dead or alive who would it be? Molly Huddle has been a huge favorite of mine since the last summer games. She also seems kind of hilarious which always helps a long run fly by.


What's your favorite podcast? TKyle’s weekend chat https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/t-kyles-weekend-chat/id1436340662?mt=2 


Your social media handles? @cory1976 twitter @cory1976g Instagram 


Your short-term (2018) and long-term running goals? My goal was to PR at every distance I run this year and I did (5K,10k, half) , the only thing left is marathon which I’ll take on at Bay State Marathon in 2 weeks! Long term I just want to plug away and keep improving. Or maybe try an indoor track meet!? Do they have that for old people?