Carl Lewis Half Way Commits to Walk/Running a Marathon


American track & field legend Carl Lewis claims to have never run longer than 4 miles at one time. Lewis, as quirky and eccentric now as he was during his multi-medal winning Olympic prime, is publicly stating that he plans to complete a full marathon (26.2 miles).

I say ‘complete’ because Lewis makes it clear in the interview, with Rodale’s David L’Heureux, that he only plans to complete the race. Carl even jokes he will give the city his credit card to keep the lights on for him to finish.

So look for Lewis to do walk/run/walk his way to the finish line.  Carl makes it clear this will be  the only marathon he will ever do.

Lewis has been making this claim to run a marathon for a couple of years now. He wants to do it this year because he is turning 50 years old.

Carl seems to indicate that he doesn’t even really play to train for 26.2 miles. But boasts that he will find someone near the end of the race, challenge them to the finish, and beat them.

Lewis has not stated what marathon he plans to run yet, but Bank of America Chicago Marathon Race Director Carey Pinkowski has already printed up Carl a bib number with his name on it and invited him to the ‘Windy City’ for his marathon cherry.

The last time Carl mentioned running a marathon, about a year ago, he stated he would run the Houston Marathon.

Carl fired the start pistol at the 2006 Fiora London Marathon.

He has always believed that his track & field success could be parlayed into other walks of life.  Lewis has provided us with the one of the worst National Anthem renditions (at an NBA game) and ‘First Pitch’ at a Major League Baseball game….ever!


And earlier today we learned that Carl plans to run for the New Jersey State Senate.

“When I run – as you see from my record – I run to win,” Carl boastfully told reporters at the kickoff for his political career.

His awkwardness with the media and gold medal ego to match always kept Carl from cashing in on his Olympic success as much others with his success would have.

Carl Lewis won 9 Olympic Gold Medals and 1 Bronze Medal over the course of four Olympics.  He is considered the greatest track and field star of all-time.


[hat tip to Navin Sadarangani]

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One Response to “Carl Lewis Half Way Commits to Walk/Running a Marathon”

  1. Not the greatest pitcher I have ever seen, though.

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