Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

NASCAR Champ Jimmie Johnson Running Boston Marathon


An 83-time winner on the racetrack — sixth most in Cup history — Johnson has long been a fitness freak who swam in high school and has always run and cycled to stay in shape for driving.


Now 43, he has a bit of a bucket list of athletics events he wants to complete; he has already knocked off a couple of mini triathlons and half marathons as well as the Assault on Mount Mitchell, a 102.7-mile with a 10,000-foot vertical climb up a North Carolina mountain that he rode with Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth.


He’s used his travel schedule to his advantage, finding running paths near the track that provide the hilly terrain he needs to prepare for Boston’s challenging course.


Johnson might not have even been able to run Boston but for a quirk of the schedule that had NASCAR racing Saturday night in Richmond, Virginia; he finished 12th after failing prerace inspection and getting sent to the back of the grid.


The marathon is held on the traditional Monday Patriots’ Day holiday, giving him about 36 hours to recover from his drive, which typically leaves him with a sore lower back, glutes and hamstring.


McMurray ran a marathon in December in 3:14:06 — good enough to meet the Boston qualifying time — but the race filled up with faster runners.






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