Joe with his mother Patricia at the finish of the 2014 Shamrock Marathon
To hear his parents tell it, Joe’s running career began somewhere around age 5, when he would go to the backyard of his family’s home in Brockton, Massachusetts and would run in circles with their dog Princess until the two of them would simply fall over. This might not have been the most auspicious start to things, but it was certainly a thrilling one. That backyard felt huge.
About 6 years later, after a few family moves up and down the East Coast, Joe’s parents encouraged him to join his middle school cross country team, which he did when he was in the sixth grade. That moment marked the beginning of a lifelong running career—both competitive and recreational.
As a high school athlete, Joe ran cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track for St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. From 1991-1995, St. John’s running teams, collectively, strung together a perfect record of District E Conference championships.
In late December of 1992, Joe won his first and only race at the District E Freshman-Sophomore indoor track meet at South High School in Worcester, Massachusetts. For one brief moment, and from an extremely technical perspective, Joe was once the top high school underclass indoor mile runner in the district.