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 year a rich widow entered the race...
Orange K is just further proving he's a flatulent windbag...
He's quite sad really.
he runs like a girl......
Probably rode in one of his "family's" SUVs for the majority of the distance.
Hey I think you have found another Kerry misstatement--If he has shrapnel the size of a bullet in his hip next to the bone--I bet it is awfully painful to walk much less run a marathon.
I want Bush to win as badly as anybody but I really can't fault Kerry if he can't remember the exact year in which he ran the Boston Marathon. It might be a different story though if had he claimed to have the Boston Marathon but, in fact, had not.
Any runner who ever ran a marathon would know the exact year of the marathon they ran in and not give some vague timeframe like the '80s.
Gee, if anyone can figure this out, I'll add to the timeline.
Lots of facts and quotes about the president-wannabe at the John F. Kerry Timeline.
Well it wasn't on Nov 12, 1972. John Kerry was too buzy voting on whether or not his group should kill US Senators.
17,000 From Across Globe Begin 106th Boston Marathon By Deirdre Fulton Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2002 After the shot was fired, 17,000 people started running. There was Superman, in his cape; a few minutes later, a patriot ran by carrying an American flag. Fifty-three-year-old Judith Hine had come from New Zealand to run her 62nd marathon. She joined runners from Utah, California, New York, Peru, Korea and Kenya. They ran with members of the United States Army, the New York Fire Department and the Boston College track team. Amidst a sea of faces and emotions, the 106th Boston Marathon began at noon yesterday at its Hopkinton starting line. Just less than 17,000 registered runners, hailing from across the United States and around the world, gathered to run the 26.2 miles from the starting line to the finish in Copley Square. After the shot was fired, it took 20 minutes for all the runners, who were lined up around the block, to pass the starting line. Two hours before the shot was fired, Main Street and the Hopkinton town green swarmed with athletes, all engaged in their own routines. They stretched, ate protein bars, drank Gatorade and napped. Regardless of their activities, a universal feeling of restless excitement pervaded the area. "It's a dream come true," said 31-year-old Bushido Ito from Providence, R.I. "I've been running all my life to get here. I feel thankful to be able to come out and participate." Their motivations and their goals were different, but everyone agreed that the feeling of community shared between the runners was one of the best parts of running the Marathon. "It's such a unifying experience," said 72-year-old Margo Fish. Fish was one of the first women to run the Boston Marathon in 1967, before women were allowed to take part, and has run 33 times since then. "I thought it would be interesting and challenging," Fish said as she stretched and greeted well-wishers. "It's not about competition; it's about sharing the joy of saying yes to the spirit of running." Michael Hobernan, 37, of Shelborne Falls, Mass., said he was slightly nervous to be running his first Boston Marathon. However, he said the atmosphere helped his nerves. His favorite part of running a marathon, he said, is meeting the other runners. Hobernan was one of the many runners who hoped to finish the race within a certain time. Korea's Dongik Sin, 41, said he was very excited for his personal challenge. "I hope to beat my own best record today," he said. Other runners were simply hoping to make it to the finish line. Jean Pierre, 37, of Brockton, wanted to "make sure [his] legs could do it." Several runners said reaching the end of the marathon is the best moment. "It's a reward for running through the winter," explained Brad Smith, 54, of Peabody. "It answers all those questions, like, 'What am I doing running in the snow?'" Most runners said they trained for months by doing short runs between 3-6 miles on a daily basis and longer runs on weekends. Forty-year-old Otter Johan, from California, hadn't run for several days and said he felt "bloated and fat." However, taking a break is a significant part of the training process, according to Judy Whitcomb, 41, from New Hampshire. Whitcomb stressed the importance of training wisely and "listening to your body, which needs rest" to avoid injuries. Whitcomb was running the Boston Marathon for the first time and was looking forward to seeing her family cheering her on along the way. Many runners had friends and family members there to support them. Several thousand onlookers were in the crowd in Hopkinton, waving American flags, passing out water and holding up signs of encouragement. Citizens of Hopkinton were especially enthusiastic. "We love it. The whole town gets so excited," Hopkinton resident Lynda Messerman said, as she guarded the starting line to keep "bandits" (unregistered runners) out. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who fired the starter's pistol, also expressed his admiration for the runners. He lamented the fact that time constraints had made it impossible for him to run in the Marathon, which he participated in 20 years ago. "I love the Marathon," he said. "I admire everyone. To run, it takes a lot of spirit and a lot of guts."
John Kerry's faithful lying or at the least his constant exaggeration to make himself look better goes beyond simple mistakes and delves into the realm of a psychosis in my humber opinion. Do the American people really want a psychotic as commander in chief?
I ran the Boston Marathon in 1980 and my time was 2:51 minutes. Everyone that runs knows their exact time and the year they run. Marathons are important personal events. Newspapers in the Boston area even print the finishers and their times. There would be photos everywhere of John "Live Shot" Kerry if he ran this race. Something is WRONG with his story.
As much as Kerry likes to take pictures of his heroics, it is amazing he does not have a picture of his marathon run, I mean after all he took pictures of himself reacting his skirmishes in Vietnam.
There is no way John Kerry ran in the marathon, he would have it posted all over everything, and mention right after he served in Vietnam
I know I would. maybe he did one of those stunts were
you sneak in from the crowd at about the 23 mile mark...
I am hereby offering $50,000 to anyone who can prove they ran with John Kerry in the Boston Marathon.
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.
Although I did not run Boston in 1991, just qualifying for it was one of the milestone events of my life.
Kerry, once again, is a liar....
Good point. You did have to run qualifiers and you had to break 3 hrs in order to qualify to run the Boston in the 70's. This was at the time of Frank Shorter and 2:09 time to run the 26 mile, 385 yard event. You couldn't just stroll into the pack because you were a local.
That's what I was thinking. The marathon has qualifiers. Not just anyone can walk in. Not even Mr. "Do you know who I am?"
I suspect Kerry's full of crap. Nobody just runs a marathon. It takes dedication...running regularly, practicing a certain way. And nobody forgets. If you run a marathon ONCE it will be especially "seared" in your memory, it's that tough and therefore that much of an accomplishment. Typically, runners are very proud of it, never forget their time let alone the date...my impression is that runners who are advanced enough to tackle a marathon tend to get fixated on details: time, pace, training methods, shoes, etc.
This reminds me of a Used Car Salesman. You mention one thing about your personal life and he is all over. Yea, you lived in "Podunk Missippi?" I had an aunt from Podunk. Great place, say you ran the Town 5K for cancer, well I ran the Boston Marathon. Great run.
Or a guy that applies for a job with a padded resume. When he gets caught, he gets fired.
Nowhere does it say FINISHED!!!! This guy is a piece of work.
Because Kerry has a history of lying about such things I believe it never happened.
But don't waste much time. The MSM has shut down any questioning of these blatant lies, like the Cambodia question.
For Bush, his National Guard records are gone over with a fine tooth comb. Kerry gets a pass.
True marathoners are obsessive about it. My husband has qualified for the 2005 Boston, but all he thinks about while training for November's Richmond Marathon is whether he will beat the Boston (2006) qualifying time for his age group. Believe me, Kerry is no marathoner!