I finished WALKING the Eugene Oregon HALF Marathon on Sunday May 1, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. It took me 3 hours and 22 minutes to walk the 13.1 miles. My average walking pace was 15 minutes and 27 seconds per mile. I thank those who supported me at various spots along the way (Tim, Judith, Agnes, Janet, Barbara, Sandra and Fred.) Please enjoy the photos that follow:
I still plan on walking the Eugene Half Marathon this Sunday, May 1st. You can follow my status by going to eugenemarathon.com and entering my bib number 5628. There you can also watch live video of the race starting at 7:45 a.m. PT. All runners and walkers start on Agate street at 15th at 7 a.m. I expect to finish 13.1 miles of walking sometime between 10:30 and 11 a.m. by entering Hayward Field at the 15th and Agate street entrance. The finish line is in front of the west grandstands. If I finish, it’ll be my seventh time.
Hoping to stick to my plan to walk the Eugene Half Marathon (13.1 miles) in a couple of weeks, on Sunday morning May 1st. If I finish, it will be the 7th time that I will have walked a half marathon; but it will be the first time at age 70.
I’m hoping to cross the finish line in 3 1/4 hours, requiring an average walking pace slightly under 15 minutes per mile.
I’ll try to beat my time last year: 3 hours and 22 minutes.
I walked my first half marathon at age 62, doing it on May 10, 2008 (6 months after my open heart surgery – November 9, 2007.) My time then was: 3 hours 11 minutes and 57 seconds.
See: John Burroughs