WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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maybe it was the bucolic rolling hills along the west- ern shore of the Hudson River in Cornwall, New York that lured the lanky, redheaded teen into a long-standing love affair with running. It all started when freckle-faced Carol Chaoui was a member of her high school's cross-country and track teams back in the mid 1970s and early '80s. It was the era of Jim Fixx and Bill Rodgers, and less than 10 years after Bobbi Gibb won the very first Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)-sanctioned women's division race at the Boston Marathon. Carol hasn't stopped running since. She was a competitive runner during her college years in Long Island as a member of Adelphi University's track and field and cross country teams, two of the years as Most Valuable Player. She ran as she explored the countryside of southeastern France during her semester abroad in the medieval town of Avignon and then along the beautiful boulevards of Paris while working for a French import company after college. She ran while a graduate student at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, her first year through the neighborhoods of Medford, Cambridge, and Boston and her second year in the lakeside city of Geneva, Switzerland nestled between the Alps and the Jura Mountains. Geneva is where she met her running and life partner, Amin Chaoui, with whom she settled in Wellesley to raise four children. Their first date was a two-hour run. "I love absolutely everything about running," Carol replies when asked what she likes best about the sport. Unable to single out one pri- mary reason for her passion, she speaks about valuing the social, com- petitive, meditative, and introspective aspects. "When I run with friends, the miles fly by as we talk. When I run alone, I get in my head to plan my day, think through issues, give myself a pep talk, or just let everything go and simply listen to the sound of my feet hitting the pavement." Carol has had lots of time to experience the full range of emotions running elicits in her. For the past few decades, she has run most days of the week and competes often. The lithe 52-year-old has participated in approximately 15 marathons, dozens of half-marathons, and hun- dreds of 5Ks, several in which she placed first or second in her age group. She has raced in Europe, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, as well as Massachusetts. Not only does Carol love to run, but she also loves to spread her love of running to others. She organized the Wellesley "Couch-to-5K" 59 f a l l 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer a profile of carol chaoui P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F C A R O L C H A O U I

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