This profile of Katie DiCamillo first appeared in our Jul/Aug 2016 magazine issue.
Katie DiCamillo caught the running bug from her older brother Matt and her dad when she was about ten years old. That bug, however, lay dormant until she was a freshman in high school. Slowly, throughout high school, the bug spread and by the time she reached Providence College it had become a full-fledged infestation. At PC, Ray Treacy coached her and has been her coach ever since (DiCamillo graduated in ’09 with a psychology degree). Treacy and DiCamillo have been a winning tandem for eleven years now.
In 2010, however, DiCamillo was on the cusp on hanging up her spikes, but joining club new balance Boston (now called Battle Road Track Club) changed everything for her. “They were able to provide the support that I needed to get to the next level of competition,” she says. Her next level turned out to be the Olympic trials. In 2012, she ran 32:31 for the 10K to qualify. Shortly after that experience, DiCamillo turned to the roads and longer races. She debuted in the queen’s distance at the Philadelphia Marathon and ran a 2:38 for the last podium spot. In 2013, she ran the NYC Marathon placing 15th overall and second American. Of her NYC experience she recalls, “This was one of the most exciting races of my career. Tons of camera crews along the way, people lined up along the course, never a quiet moment. Since I grew up in New York, a lot of my friends and family were able to meet me along the course and cheer as well!”
This past February, DiCamillo competed in the Olympic Marathon Trials, but it wasn’t her first race in LA. Back in 2015, she ran a PR 2:37 for sixth overall at the Los Angeles Marathon. This February she returned to the west coast and placed 22nd at the trials on a tough day (heat). Even having run a few races in extreme conditions, she was not immune to the scorching LA sun. She suffered leg cramps at the halfway mark, but didn’t drop out (like so many others). The support of her family kept her going and in hindsight she reflects on the race as a great experience.
Outside of running, DiCamillo owns her own cooking business, which she considers a perfect pairing with her sport of choice. “I think running and cooking go well together,” she says. “You need to eat right to get the most out of yourself. You need proper nutrition to fuel your runs and races—that’s where I come in! I have met some amazing people along the way, both in the running community and with cooking.”
If you would like to get in touch with Katie regarding her culinary skills, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ω
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