Monday, October 24, 2011

Still more marathon badassery

It's been a while since I had an entry in this series, but yeah... it's time.
One of the 45,000 people who ran in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon [October 9th] was 38 weeks and five days pregnant. 
Amber Miller crossed the finish line then gave birth to her second child, a bouncing baby girl. 
June Miller was born at 10:29 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces. 
"We signed up for the race in February, and then two days later I found out I was pregnant," Amber Miller told reporters today at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. "I wasn't real determined to run, and I kind of thought I would have already had the baby. And you know, it comes to the night before, I'm still pregnant -- and I paid for it, so I'm gonna run it."
And yet, that incredible act of child endangerment (wait, what?) wasn't the only crazy marathon story to have come out this month. From our friends up in America's Hat...
Fauja Singh, 100, finished Toronto's waterfront marathon Sunday evening, securing his place in Guinness World Records as the oldest person — and the first centenarian — to ever accomplish a run of that distance.
Singh, a British citizen, was the last person to complete the race, crossing the finish line just before 6 p.m. ET with a time of 8 hours, 11 minutes and 5.9 seconds.
Okay, so no, the old man's time isn't exactly "impressive", but holy crap... I'll be happy if I can stay awake for 8 hours and 11 minutes when I'm 100... wait, who are we kidding, I've got no shot of reaching 100 in the first place. This guy wins. Sweet beard, too.


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