Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee Enters 112th Boston Marathon®
Former Arkansas Governor will be running his fifth marathon
BOSTON, Mass. – Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has
officially entered the 2008 Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic
Association announced today. As has been reported in the media, Huckabee
has been training while on the campaign trail. He will join Team Hoyt, a
local charity which strives to integrate the physically challenged into
everyday life. Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father and son team that has
completed 25 Boston Marathons, with Dick running and Rick in his
In 2003, while serving as Governor of Arkansas, Huckabee was diagnosed with
Type II Diabetes. As a result he began running and gradually lost 110
pounds. In 2005 he completed the Little Rock Marathon in 4:38:32, a
performance which earned him the honor of USATF Athlete of the Week. Since
then Huckabee has completed three additional marathons: the 2005 Marine
Corps Marathon, the 2006 Little Rock Marathon, and the 2006 ING New York
City Marathon. His personal best, coming in 2006 at Little Rock, is now 4
hours, 26 minutes, 05 seconds.
Following stints as Lieutenant Governor (1993-1996) and Governor
(1996-2007) of Arkansas, Huckabee entered the 2008 presidential race.
Huckabee's campaign scored a victory in the Iowa Caucuses and placed third
in both the New Hampshire and Michigan primaries, making the former
governor is a strong contender for the 2008 Republican presidential
nomination. He was the runner-up in the South Carolina Republican
presidential primary on Saturday, January 19.
The 112th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21, 2008, Patriots'
Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The race follows a 26.2-mile
point-to-point route from the town of Hopkinton, Mass., to Boston's Back
Bay. The race begins at 10:00 a.m.