When Jim McDermott qualified to run in the upcoming Boston Marathon, he wasn't prepared for a torn meniscus that would impact the amount of time he would have to train.
When Jim McDermott qualified to run in the upcoming Boston Marathon, he wasn't prepared for a torn meniscus that would impact the amount of time he would have to train. While he has lofty goals to finish the 26.2-mile marathon, the injury in November has set him back.
“My main goal now is to participate, finish and enjoy Boston,” he said.
McDermott qualified in April 2013 and has been waiting for the day to finally come.
It won’t be his first marathon. McDermott has finished six marathons, about a dozen half marathons and countless 10K and 5K races. He has also completed nine sprint and two Olympic-length triathlons and one half-Ironman length (70.3 miles) in Branson. Not bad for someone who didn’t start running until 2010.
“I found out I’m fairly competitive for an old guy,” he jokes.
The highlight for him was completing the Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, where he qualified for Boston, and competing in the 5150 championships in Des Moines last year.
“I think the Boston Marathon is just about every runner’s dream race. It’s actually quite difficult to qualify, unless you are older. This is my first time and, who knows, maybe my only chance,” he said.
McDermott told the Lake Sun that he is excited about the upcoming Marathon. He and his son plan to leave the lake area Friday and make their way to Boston. They plan to enjoy the sights and scenery along the way.