Here's a question: Can a retired, elite tennis player complete a marathon running at a (relatively slow) pace of just under 11 minutes per mile? Well, what if that retired tennis player is 6’5’’ and over 200 pounds? And what if that retired tennis player has never taken a run longer than 11 miles and has only two more months of training?
Where's the incentive you ask? Well, it will cost him $10,000 if he fails!
That’s the dilemma facing Justin Gimelstob. Justin is good friends with America’s best hope in this year’s U.S. Open, Andy Roddick. As you can read in this article from The New York Times, Andy bet Justin $10,000 (the money will go to charity) that he won’t be able to complete the New York City Marathon this November within 4 hours and 45 minutes.
Well, one thing we can learn from all this is that there is a way to circumvent the lottery process for gaining entry into the popular NYC Marathon field. All it takes is a commitment to raise money for one of the marathon’s various charities to receive a “guaranteed entry.” Something to think about for those interested in running next year’s race.
In the meantine . . . Good luck Justin!