Skip to comments.When Did John Kerry Run the Boston Marathon?
Posted on 10/05/2004 11:40:40 AM PDT by americaprd
Recently, Football Fans for Truth learned that John Kerry claimed a significant achievement: qualifying and running the Boston Marathon.
In an ESPN interview, he said, "I ran a marathon back in '80, something like that. Did the Boston Marathon."
An ESPN analysis of his athletic achievements mentions that "[he] ran the Boston Marathon in the 1970s".
In its November 2004 issue, Runner's World observes that John Kerry "[ran] the Boston Marathon in the '70s".
In April 2002, John Kerry was the starter for the Boston Marathon. The Daily Free Press reports that Senator Kerry "lamented the fact that time constraints had made it impossible for him to run in the Marathon, which he participated in 20 years ago."
In a conversation with a Iowa state senator, John Kerry said, "I remember my first Boston Marathon ... it's a great run."
In a later article, ESPN tried to nail down the exact date and reported that "there's no official record of his feat, and his campaign did not provide further details despite repeated inquiries." The November issue of Runner's World reports that "he doesn't recall his time, and no official record exists".
While we hold that John Kerry is not fit to be sports-fan-in-chief, Football Fans for Truth will alert their many readers to John Kerry's Boston Marathon run as evidence of our dedication to honesty and openness. But we're not sure exactly when this event occurred. Did he run it twice, once in the 70s and once in 1980, or once in 1980 and once in 1982? When did he qualify for the marathon?
We aren't too surprised that John Kerry doesn't remember his time. After all, he can't remember the name of an historic football stadium or current baseball players, so how can we expect him to remember an event that happened 20....no, 22...no, 24 or 25, maybe?...years ago?
IMUS: Yes. I have a picture here of youa pretty attractive photograph of you on the cover of Runners World.
EDWARDS: Yes. And somebody told me you said I hadnt run a real marathon.
IMUS: Well, you havent run New York or Boston, have you?
EDWARDS: No. Are those the only marathons in the country?
In light of the marathons Edwards ran above,...
These people don't have a sincere bone in their bodies.
Good luck on Ironman.
I probably ran 25 marathons, but I gurantee you that even when I was in the best shape of my life I couldn't have finished the Ironman. Big hat tip.
What is the term used for runners in the Boston Marathon, who did not qualify, or who do not have a Runner number, but run in the marathon anyway?
Bandits Boston marathon
I remember John A. Kelly [won it in '35], and John J. Kelly [won it in '57] they were both still running in it in the 60s when I used to go see it before it became a big deal. Don't remember a John F. Kerry.
Oh, wait, in 1970, just before the lead runner came in, I was under the reviewing stand, in front of the Prudential tower, when some people ran down the home stretch with a banner that said "Balmy in Boston, Bombing in Cambodia" Maybe that was Kerry.
Tomorrow morning I'll run three miles along Mission Bay in San Diego, and try to stay under 24 minutes.
This is 25 years after I graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training a few miles away in Coronado. I guess I'm just glad I'm still able to run at 47; many of my compadres cannot any more.
But seriously, I want to salute your qualification for and participation in the Hawaiian Ironman! Not many folks can even imagine the dedication and sacrifice that feat entails.
I'm 50 and can't even spell ruuun rnnu roon ruinn.....
Our day was a six mile jog in 40 minutes so yer on par . A half hour swim, a few hours of free weights and nautilis torture followed by anything our NCOIC could conjur up.
My life of low mileage and sudden stops has taken their toll. I'll swim for hours now but rnnu rnu urn roon er whatever ain't in my vocabulary anymore in present condition. Good on ya for staying healthy ! How many years were ya active ??
I think Edwards was being just a bit sarcastic. 26.2 is 26.2.
Well hey, I ran a 15:45 5k, so there... (shuffles off, defeated.)
Thanks for supplying all the specifics.
You ARE kidding....he's LYING or he would know the year since the BOSTON Marathon is the biggest deal IN Boston, his home town.
Clintonesque. He isn't saying in this sentence he actually ran.
Besides, can you really run the Boston Marathon wearing flip flops?
This will be number 12 all totaled (6th Hawaii).
I can still drive 6 miles.
This morning something else came back to me. The first mention I ever saw of Kerry in a marathon was some article about the medical status of the candidates, Bush and Kerry. Kerry was quoted along the lines that he's not a heart attack risk because he is a marathon runner and has the blood pressure and pulse rate of a marathon runner.
As this was the first I'd ever heard of it, I tended to assume that if anything he had run more than one marathon and that the activity continued into recent times. It makes no sense to cite a marathon you ran in 1979 +-3 as protecting you from anything in 2004.
Should have made allowance that it was a Kerry statement in an election.
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