TO RUN WITH PATIENCE
Bob Wieland finally crossed the finish line on Thursday, November 6, 1986, the New York City Marathon’s 19,413th and final finisher . . . and the first to run a marathon with his arms instead of his legs! Wieland is a 40-year old Californian whose legs were blown off in a Vietnam battlefield 17 years ago. He recorded what race officials said was the slowest time in marathon history: four days, two hours, 48 minutes, 17 seconds. But he was greeted like a champion by race director Fred Lebow, who had written Wieland off as a dropout. When he finished, Wieland shouted, “We love New York!” and repeatedly pumped his arms in the air. He claimed his finisher’s medal and explained why he did it: “For the same reason as 20,000 other people. It’s the greatest marathon in the country.” He also cited three specific reasons: to show his born-again Christian faith; to test his conditioning and to promote the…
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