Mild-mannered accountant is marathon marvel.
BY CHAD KONECKY
Bradley Mish handles folks’ hard-earned dollars all day as Fisher’s associate bursar, but he is the smart money on a marathon course. The Hadley native is in his ninth year at Fisher, has 10 marathons under his belt, and he’s a five-time Boston finisher. Mish is no recreational runner, mind you.
This past April, the 32-year-old accountant thundered down Boylston Street and clocked a 2:24.35 to finish 41st overall, 39th among men, and 21st among American males. What’s more, he ran the race on a lark.
“If you’re a runner, you often do a marathon because everyone sort of expects you to, so every once in a while, I’d get sucked into one,” explains Mish. “I had a terrible Boston in 2016, so I was off of marathoning and having fun doing other kinds of racing. I was training to break my 5K [personal record] and simply signed up for this past Boston as part of that.”
Equally nuts: The 6-foot-2, 155-pound Mish isn’t even a lifelong runner. A soccer player at tiny Hopkins Academy (which offered only three interscholastic sports), he gave competitive racing a shot as a freshman at the College of the Holy Cross and flashed immediate talent. By his junior year, he was a captain and, as a senior, he won the 5K at the 2009 New England Division 1 Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Not surprisingly, he brings a runner’s strategic and tactical mindset to his day job. “I think our office has built a trust with students and parents,” he says. “Fisher has lots of programming and there’s a large component of institutional knowledge to build up, but we’re able to demystify billing for those who have questions.”