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April 6, 2013

Jones hoping for 3:20 marathon

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"My older daughter thinks I'm crazy," laughs Jones of his 11-year-old. "She just doesn't understand at all how you can run for that long for that period of time."

The running lifestyle has also translated well at the bank which has instituted a wellness program which reimburses employees for gym memberships and pays for fitness classes onsite and at local gyms.

"I see great similarities between Mike at work and Mike the marathoner," says the Institution's Vice President of Communications Mary Anne Clancy. "He says things and he just gets them done. Every year at our employee meeting for the last three years he said to us; 'Next year we're going to exceed earnings. We're going to break records.' And for the last three years, we've done that."

The Institution also runs wellness competitions for its employees and is currently in its fifth year on the Boston Globe's top 100 Places to work in Massachusetts list.

"It's giving people the time to do the things that they want to do but yet trying to come up with ideas to help them, " Jones says of what makes the Institution such a good place to work. "For instance, if people like to go hiking we try to encourage them. We try to get out for the weekend and hike up one of the mountains in New Hampshire. Overall what I like to see is the teamwork and people coming in and saying; 'I lost five pounds over the last week. I entered this race and it was great.'"

Jones says that running helps him get through the long hours at work and the heavier responsibilities at home. He also says he welcomes Heartbreak Hill on Patriot’s Day and is looking forward to the challenge.

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