As reported by the New York Times, former two-time Olympian Bob Kennedy, who was one of America’s greatest distance runners and the first non-African to run 5,000 meters under 13 minutes, is aiming to run the 2014 New York City Marathon in a relatively pedestrian pace of 3 hours 20 minutes. He last attempted the race in 2004, when his plan to finish in 2 hours 10 minutes fell apart in the second half of the race. He dropped out at mile 18 and retired from running. After gaining over 50 pounds over the years, Kennedy decided to get back to running, and now takes pleasure in being part of the parade, with a modest finishing goal.
For Kennedy, now 44, this is return to his passion. “This is, for me, finding myself again through running,” Kennedy said in an interview last week. He no longer feels the pressure to excel, however; with his history of accomplishments, he’s now just happy to be out there again.
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