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Run, chief, run: Paciorek Jr. to participate in Boston Marathon

  • John Paciorek Jr. running the 2003 Boston Marathon.

  • The training statistics logged by Paciorek on Feb. 23. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


Staff Writer
Published: 4/1/2019 10:48:30 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The return rate of funds for Cops for Kids with Cancer is at least 94 percent.

That’s part of the reason Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. is willing to run 26.2 miles.

Paciorek has been training for the 2019 Boston Marathon, where he will lace up to raise money for the non-profit organization based in Braintree. It is his second Boston Marathon (seventh marathon in general), having run in 2003.

“I do a long run every other week, and my long runs usually consist of 18 to 24 miles,” Paciorek said in his office this week, adding that he logged 22½ miles on March 24 as part of his preparation. “Some days are good and some days aren’t.”

He has a profile page on the Cops for Kids with Cancer website. Donations can be made by visiting

Paciorek, 44, said running has been a huge part of his life since he was a teenager. He runs primarily for physical health and stress relief. He said he is genetically predisposed to cardiac issues, as his grandfather died of a heart attack and his father had triple bypass surgery in his early 60s, so he is careful to make smart food and fitness choices.

“I go out with all my work headaches and figure out all my solutions, what I’m going to do,” he said. “I think a lot of society is getting too sedentary, where ... we’re tied behind phones and computers, versus getting out there.

“But,” he added, “my favorite (aspect) is the heat. I like the heat and running. I’ll run a 90-degree night in a heartbeat. I hate the cold. I love snowboarding, love skiing, love snow – hate the cold.”

He said he and his wife are unsure what their travel plans (when they will head to eastern Massachusetts and if they will stay overnight) will consist of for the Boston Marathon. He also said his children want to join him and his wife.

Paciorek said he’s not focusing on performance. Elites like Lawrence Cherono, Sisay Lemma and Lemi Berhanu can enjoy the limelight and top finishing spots.

“I’m in no rush. I don’t care about my time,” he said. “I just go out and I run and I feel better at the end.”

General donations to Cops for Kids with Cancer can be made via

Paciorek’s most recent marathon was Mohawk Hudson River Marathon in Albany, N.Y., in October 2017. He finished 401st place in that race.

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