As track coach at Holyoke High School in 1975, Kane agreed to become director for the St. Patrick's Day race that was started in the city that year. After attracting fewer than 100 runners its first year, the 6.2-mile competition has since grown into one of the largest amateur athletic events in western New England with more than 2,500 participants.
Kane, who joined Boston College in 1980, commutes to Holyoke throughout the year to make logistic arrangements for the race, which benefits the parade and other charities in the Holyoke area.
He cites his Holyoke roots and his many friends and family members in the area as the reasons for his long-distance efforts to stay involved with the St. Pat's Day race. "If it wasn't Holyoke, I wouldn't have been going back there all of these years," he said.
Another Holyoke native at BC, College of Art and Sciences senior Kathleen C. Joyce, has been selected as the 2002 St. Patrick's Day Parade "Colleen" and will help lead the March 17 event that attracts more than a quarter million spectators each year to the city.
Joyce served as a First Year Experience Orientation leader last summer and appears in one of the University's 30-second institutional messages that is shown during television appearances by BC's athletic teams.
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