At this point, it would seem not even death itself will be able to prevent Larry Macon from running marathons. The 68-year-old Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner just broke his own record in the Guinness Book of World Records by completing 238 marathons in a calendar year on Nov. 30.
Macon broke the record by completing the Gobble Gobble Dozen in San Antonio.
“It just sort of happened. You get to where you have a goal out there, and you think, ‘You know, I bet I can beat it one more time,’” Macon says. “And then you go crazy.’’
In 2012, Macon ran 157 marathons, breaking his own Guinness world record set on Dec. 30, 2011. To travel all over the country and run 5,528.2 miles in 2013 and still practice law, Macon says he often ran two marathons in one day. But one race that doesn’t count in his 238 total was the April 15 Boston Marathon. Macon was 1.2 miles from the finish line when police holding weapons told him to stop.
“And they said ‘The race is over,” Macon recalls after two explosions disrupted the race.
However Macon notes that race officials will count his entry towards another streak: He’s now run the Boston Marathon 10 times, he said.
--- John Council