Vegan truckie aims to run 500th marathon by age 60

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Vegan truckie aims to run 500th marathon by age 60

Postby Sid Delicious » Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:46 am

From The Dominion Post 11 November 2010

[quote]Vegan truckie aims to run 500th marathon by age 60Michael Stewart lied about his age to run his first marathon. Forty years and 480 marathons later, the Lower Hutt vegan truckie – nicknamed “the rainbow man” – is gunning for his 500th.
He has pounded a gruelling 20,256 kilometres, the equivalent of running from Wellington to Auckland 31 times. Stewart, 58, will tick race No 481 off his list when he competes in Sunday’s Southland Marathon.
He is believed to hold the record for completing the most marathons in the southern hemisphere and hopes to reach 500 in his 60th year in 2012.
“it doesn’t matter how slow you go, it’s about crossing the finish line. Time doesn’t matter to me.”
Stewart, who also likes ballroom dancing, isn’t sure where to celebrate his 500th marathon but said it would be special to achieve the feat in his home town.
He ran his first marathon in 1970 when he competed in Wellington’s Olympic Handicap. Only18, he had to alter his age to 19 to meet entry requirements.
He initially aimed to complete 100 marathons, but after achieving that goal kept going. “In my younger days, it kept me out of crime”.

The photo that was with the article was pretty funny. The guy's dressed head to foot in rainbow coloured tie-die clothing looking like an explosion in a paint factory!
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Re: Vegan truckie aims to run 500th marathon by age 60

Postby chloe » Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:29 pm

haha thats cool, good on him! :-)
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Re: Vegan truckie aims to run 500th marathon by age 60

Postby Mr. Cleetus » Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:04 pm

It's Mad Mike the Avocado man! :)
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