South Boston Resident to Run 2018 Boston Marathon for Cathedral High School 

Cathedral High School (CHS), the independent,  Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory  school, is pleased to announce that AJ Pappas, a resident of South Boston will run this year’s Boston Marathon in support of the school and its primary mission to provide students the opportunity to develop their full potential. The school is located in Boston’s South End and serves more than 360 students of all faiths, in grades 7 through 12, all of whom receive philanthropy-based financial assistance.

On April 16, Cathedral High School’s team of esteemed runners will come together for the first time to take on the 26.2-mile course. An astounding 100 percent of Cathedral High School seniors have graduated high school for 14 consecutive years, and 100 percent of seniors have also been accepted to college for 14 consecutive years – fundraising efforts like this one will continue that momentum.

Pappas, 31, is thrilled to take on his first marathon. He was first introduced to the team by Oscar Santos, Head of Cathedral High School, and loved his passion for the school and its community. “After meeting the team, I instantly knew running for CHS was the right fit for me,” Pappas said. Their dedication motivated me to get back into charity work and realize the difference we can make together. I am very excited to see the impact we can make on the Cathedral High School community and cannot wait for April 16th!”

The Boston Marathon has been a longtime goal for Pappas, and he decided to commit to taking on training this year. He loves the process and has embraced training. He often travels for work, which has made training challenging at times, but he has made it work with his schedule. As for his regimen, the goal is to add miles every week to allow his body to adjust to what a full marathon will feel like. To aid in training, he incorporates high intensity workouts with strength training. “We are so grateful for our runners who are committing a great amount of their time and energy to support our institution,” said Dr. Oscar Santos, Head of Cathedral High School. “Their fundraising efforts will directly support the advancement of our facilities and curriculum, and will make an enormous impact in furthering our overall mission to provide the best educational opportunities to our students.”

About Cathedral High School

Cathedral 7-12 High School is an urban, independent, Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory school serving boys and girls from grades 7 through 12 in Boston’s historic South End. For more than 90 years, Cathedral High has provided a first-rate education to students of all walks of life and backgrounds from greater Boston. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.