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SportJimmie Johnson's big news? He’s running the Boston Marathon

22:25  12 february  2019
22:25  12 february  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

Jimmie Johnson makes 'big announcement,' says he's running in Boston Marathon

Jimmie Johnson makes 'big announcement,' says he's running in Boston Marathon Jimmie Johnson will be racing on foot to cross off a bucket-list item by participating in the Boston Marathon.

Jimmie Johnson's big news? He’s running the Boston Marathon© Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Jimmie Johnson’s Sunday run in the Daytona Beach Half-Marathon was just a warmup for the main event.

The seven-time series champion announced Tuesday that he will be running the Boston Marathon, saying it’s “always been on my radar” as a bucket list item.

“Away from the car, there are plenty of goals that occupy my free time,” Johnson told Dave Burns during the debut of the Splash and Go segment for NBCSports.com. “Endurance sports is a big part of that.

“Watching the Boston Marathon the year of the bombing (in 2013), something clicked about me wanting to run that race, and once the bombing happened, I wanted to be part of Boston Strong.”

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A NASCAR schedule shift that moved Bristol Motor Speedway to mid-April in 2014 precluded Johnson attempting the event, though, because the race is too physical.

This year, the Saturday, April 13 race at Richmond Raceway falls ahead of the April 15 marathon, giving Johnson a full day to recover.

“I’m punishing myself for that,” Johnson said with a laugh.

He began training in November, and his 14th-place finish in Sunday’s race at Daytona (where he won his age group with a time of 1 hour, 33 minutes before winning the Clash at Daytona International Speedway) was a halfway barometer of his fitness.

Boston bombing survivor hit by car won't be running this year's marathon

Boston bombing survivor hit by car won't be running this year's marathon Adrianne Haslet was training for the race last month when she was hit by a vehicle

Johnson has been running 70 miles weekly since the start of the year and will ramp it up to 100 miles weekly through April.

He is hoping to clock in at the 3-hour mark in Boston. “It’s very aggressive,” he said. “A difficult place to get a (personal record).

“The competitor in me wants to go fast and put up a respectable time.”

Johnson, 43, will enter the race through an exemption from Gatorade, a longtime personal sponsor of the No. 48 driver.

He said he is looking forward to “being around like-minded people and the energy that comes from such a marquee event.”

It will be the first marathon for Johnson, who has run several half-marathons.

“I don’t know what 26.2 (miles) feels like,” he said. “I’ve been to 20 a handful of times already in the training. It takes two days to feel normal again. The challenge of completing the accomplishment, I’m drawn to that stuff. I’d love to see how far I can push myself. We’ll see how it shakes out on April 15.”

Johnson poised to show critics his racing days are not over.
Jimmie Johnson, one of the most polite and professional athletes in sports, rarely gets rattled. Unless he is being trolled on social media. Johnson's patience was very much tested last season, the worst of his NASCAR career. He could handle the losing, the internal struggles at Hendrick Motorsports and the final races with longtime crew chief Chad Knaus. It was the strangers who suggested his best days are over that got under Johnson's skin and forced him to clap back on Twitter.

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