Johnson: Boston Marathon "most challenging thing I’ve ever done"

Jimmie Johnson completed his first Boston Marathon on Monday in what he described as "the most challenging thing I’ve ever done."

Johnson: Boston Marathon "most challenging thing I’ve ever done"
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally
Jimmie Johnson, Boston Marathon
Jimmie Johnson, Boston Marathon

The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion completed the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon in three hours, nine minutes and seven seconds.

And just 36 hours earlier, he completed 400 laps of racing at Richmond Raceway where he placed 12th in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

 

The 43-year-old kept fans up to date on social media, showing his pre-run preparations and other images from the event. 

 

"Out on the course to see everyone, the signs that were up, it was just the most incredible experience," he said in a video message after the event. "I thank you all for your support. My legs are junk. I can barely even walk right now but it was worth (it)."

And unlike while behind the wheel of the race car, X the fans cheering him on as he was recognized by those in the crowd. "That was my big takeaway, how many people did spot me," he told a media scrum at the event. "It was loud, especially the closer we got to town. Once somebody would recognize me, the crowd would get going and I would kind of egg them on."

Johnson also expressed a desire to return next year with the goal of breaking under the three-hour mark.

 

He said of returning: "I would love to try to break three (hours). I don't think it was in the cards today. I left on that number and was trying to hold it, and just didn't have it. So need to go back and try more but I love that kind of challenge and it's going to weigh on me."

The Boston Athletic Association official timing

BIB

NAME

AGE

M/F

CITY

ST

CTRY

CTZ

 

4848

Johnson, Jimmie

43

M

Charlotte

NC

USA

 

 

 

5k

10k

15k

20k

Half

25k

30k

35k

40k

0:21:22

0:42:48

1:04:34

1:26:49

1:31:38

1:48:59

2:12:24

2:36:00

2:58:55

Finish:

Pace

Proj. Time

Offl. Time

Overall

Gender

Division

0:07:13

 

3:09:07

4183

3765

646


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