What a fantastically inspiring story on the eve of one of the big ones: TCS NYC Marathon .
The running world has a habit of turning older marathoners into mascots. Who doesn’t love the story of the great-grandfather who gets across the finish line in seven hours?
But with all due respect to that sort of wrinkled runner, 75-year-old Hernán Barreneche Rios isn’t traveling to Sunday’s New York City Marathon from his home in Colombia to simply get a medal for participation. The retired professor of mechanical engineering is looking to break 3 hours, 30 minutes and win his division—just like he did last year when he ran 3:24:03 to win the 70-to-74-year-old age group by nearly 14 minutes.
“…if God allows me to continue running marathons, my goal is to run 3h 30min at 80 years old,” Barreneche wrote last week in an email from Pereira, Colombia.