Athlete Feature! Winnacunnet’s Colin Donnelly

When did you start running?

6th grade

Briefly describe the experience as a member of your team/program.  Give an example of some of the “fun” stuff your team does together.

My team is super close because we run together during XC and track, but we also hang out together. We run to the beach a lot to swim and also jump off this trestle in town. My favorite thing we do is team dinners which are exclusive to cross country.

What are your team goals for this season?

Top 3 at MOCs

How does your coach motivate you?

One of my coaches, Ozzie, has followed me as a runner since I started in 6th grade and has always critiqued me and pushed me to improve. It began with him getting me to take my training seriously, but now he helps me with things like form and race strategy. He yells helpful stuff during races like, “Use your arms!”

What motivates you most to do well?

My team. How I perform effects how we do overall as a team and I don’t want to let them down.

What is your favorite workout?

Tempo runs

What is your favorite cross training activity?


What is your go-to prerace meal?

Whole wheat bagel with peanut butter

Do you have a favorite prerace song?

“Through the Wire” by Kanye West

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Japan, especially Tokyo

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Climb Mt. Everest

What is the best advice ever given to you?

Coach Saltmarsh told my team to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, I don’t know where he got it but it helps me push myself in races.

What is your favorite quote?

“I know I’m going to get got, but I’m going to get mine more than I get got, though.” – Marshawn Lynch

What is your favorite thing about Cross Country?

Either the atmosphere at big invitationals or just racing on trails

What is your favorite course to run? (High school courses)

Derryfield Park (Manchester Invitational)

What is your favorite race outside of the high school season?

Beach to Beacon 10k in Cape Elizabeth, ME

Where do you see yourself in 5 years???

Running D1 in college

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