But his two illnesses forced him to put that race off. “I remember lying on an exam table thinking about Lance Armstrong and what he accomplished," he notes. "I thought if I survived, I'd come back like he did and run Boston." Now, he's more than healthy: “The last time I felt so good was on my final combat mission in the Air Force in 1969." His goal for this morning's race? Beat "several thousand younger runners," he told Runner’s World. So how'd he do? 4:26:25. (Click to read about the record-setting winner of the race.)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Oldest runner of the Boston Marathon
Runner’s World takes a look at his story: After having run almost 150 road races since the spry age of 68, the former Distinguished Lieutenant Colonel decided in 2005 it was time to aim for the marathon; he ran it in 4:09, qualifying for Boston.