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?
The guy who does my taxes is a long distance runner. He has plaques and trophies for every event he ever entered.
Maybe Kerry threw his away. After all completing a marathon is no big deal.
There've been other thrilling pursuits -- the Democratic candidate is a snowboarder, a windsurfer, and a kite-sailor. There are endurance sports: He ran the Boston Marathon in the 1970s; and last August, he finished the 110-mile Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, a bicycle race, in 6 1/2 hours. That put him in 32nd place in the field of 3,700 riders.
Okay, Kerry, how about some pictures. Put up or shut up.
Flipper ran it from finish-to-start, running backwards. He ran the marathon although he didn't. He finished before he started.
It would certainly be a highlight in my life and I would never lose an opportunity to brag about it.
I'm left with bragging about being able to job almost a mile...but that was back in the day.
Exactly. I have a friend from Chile who ran the race in 1978 and has a photo of himself crossing the finish line (time clock appears in the upper corner) prominently displayed in his office. He considers it one of the most memorable moments of his life.
Not sure if I meant "hummer" opinion or "humble" option ... it's my own personal psychosis.
Maybe there's some film left from his restaging of the event.
If you've ever trained for and run a marathon, you would remember the year you did it.
Yep...that's it...threw the Marathon Medal away with the Medals/Ribbons over the fence....back in the 70's!
I believe back then the Boston Marathon rules were that you had to have at least marathon already completed to enter the race. I believe they did that to keep neophytes from jammng it up.
well he told a group or Irish Bostonians that "those of us who are Irish" love St Patricks day.
Not a drop in him.
I ran the Hospital Hill marathon in Kansas City in '77, '78 & '79 at 3:43, 3:29 and 3:31 respectively and they were not good enough to get me into the Boston marathon, not that I really wanted to run it, but still I remember the years and the times and have pictures and posters in my scrapbooks.
I'm sure Kerry took photos of this event and he should make them public!
Wow...great ad if there was.
The same year Algore invented it. ;^)
The Boston Marathon...walk to his office... all interchangable back in those days.