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He just returned from a cruise and is preparing for a cross-country move, but thankfully neither stopped New Kids On The Block star Joey McIntyre from calling in to my radio show this week.

For those who don’t know, I’m running this weekend’s TCS New York City Marathon with #TeamULTRA, and this week I’ve been gathering advice on what to expect as a first-time marathoner both privately and publicly. When I thought of music artists that ran a marathon, McIntyre was the first person who came to mind; he completed the 2013 Boston Marathon about five minutes before the terrorist attack. The singer/songwriter returned with bandmate Danny Wood to then complete the marathon again in 2014.

So I was very pleased when McIntyre agreed to an interview, candidly sharing experiences, advice and a few mantras that helped him along the way.

“’What can I do to make my situation better?’” was the first phrase he told me about. “Meaning like, ‘Focus on my feet, am I working on my feet?’ or ‘Focus on how my shoulders are.’”

The idea is to make yourself feel more comfortable and also preoccupy your mind “for chunks at a time.”

And that was the vibe I caught from McIntyre; this will be just as much mentally challenging as it will be physical.

“But it’s thrilling man,” he assured me. “There’s such a high. You go through the tough times but there are moments when you’re like, ‘Wow, I’m really doing this.’”

McIntyre didn’t completely rule out doing it himself next year; the NKOTB artist just launched a new podcast called “The Move” which is inspired by his family’s pending move back east to New York City.

“My wife is from the city; I put in a solid 10 years in my 20’s so it’s been bubbling up,” he revealed. “We’re ready for a move and we’re going back to New York.”

McIntyre plans on using his new podcast to tell stories from his move while also inviting others to share their experiences of relocating.

“Moving, no matter where you’re going, brings up a lot of feelings and thoughts and history,” he noted. “I think it cuts through a bunch of levels on an interview basis.”

Despite the move to the Big Apple, don’t expect McIntyre to abandon his routing interests. We talked just days after his Patriots traded backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and like any true New Englander, the singer had a thought or two on the matter.

“People are sort of dumb-founded, a little shaking-their-head,” he mused before adding, “It’s hard to argue with Bill Belichick.

“We’ve been so lucky with the Patriots man. At this point, we don’t even get worked up.”

They have been around the block. On Monday, they took a stroll through their city.

Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block ran the 2014 Boston Marathon. Both finished in less than 4 hours. McIntyre clocked in at 3 hours and 48 minutes. Wood crossed the finish line in 3 hours and 50 minutes.

The jaunt was McIntyre’s sophomore effort. He ran his first Boston Marathon last year and completed the 26.2 mile race in the sub-4 hour mark that time as well. McIntyre runs to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s Disease, which his mother suffers from.

Meanwhile McIntyre’s band mate participated in his first ever Boston Marathon this year. Wood, perhaps always the most physically fit of NKOTB, averaged an 8 minute and 47 second mile. His fundraising benefited Remember Betty, a non-profit that helps Breast Cancer patients.

“I did it!” Wood tweeted after the race. “So proud of Joe Mac, he crushed it! And thanks to all the BH’s cheering along the way!”

Those Blockheads used the hashtags #RunDannyRun and #RunJoeyRun to cheer on each singer and help them raise money for their respective charities.

“I’m gonna celebrate this one!!! 3:48:11 – thank u guys!!!” McIntyre wrote in the caption of an Instagram photo he posted after the race, a selfie that included his newly-earned medal.

Other celebrities that ran this year’s Marathon included Olympian Summer Sanders, former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, “Today” host Natalie Morales, and Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie. Mark and Donnie Wahlberg’s brother James also partook in the race.

Joey McIntyre’s Boston Marathon story begins as many others do: a native New Englander returning home to run for a specific cause. The New Kids on The Block singer’s mom suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, and he raised over $38,000 for research with his efforts.

McIntyre finished the marathon in 3 hours and 57 minutes. At the 4:09 mark of the race, two explosions by the finish line completely changed how America would forever view the Boston Marathon.

At 2:58 PM, McIntyre tweeted that he was sure the explosion left “so many hurt,” but that he was fine. Dave Brown, NKOTB’s tour manager, confirmed to “The Ralphie Show” later in the afternoon that McIntyre and the group that he was with were OK. Brown said McIntyre ran the marathon on his own, and that no one else from New Kids was with him.


The artist told WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston, that he was shooting to complete the 26.2 mile trek in less than four hours. Just twelve minutes after he crossed the finish line, the explosions left three dead and over 140 injured. The FBI is investigating the attack.

Later on Monday evening, McIntyre summed up what many were feeling on his Twitter account.


“I don’t know what to say,” he wrote. “I feel for everybody involved with the Boston Marathon. My family is ok. I am ok. Gonna take a while to process.”