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Get Motivated: If He Can Finish the Boston Marathon, So Can You!

I love a good motivational story. It was pretty cool to see an astronaut running the Boston Marathon, but this lesser known participant takes the cake in my eyes...

Jacob finished the Boston Marathon. You may think, so what? Big deal, lots of people complete marathons. However Jacob is different, he was the last place finisher. Weighing in at just under 400 pounds when he ran the race (though he was over 400 pounds when he decided to run the race), Jacob finished the marathon in 9 hours and 40 minutes (the winner finished in 2:29:18).

Point is, he finished, which is more than most people can say they did. I, for one, am proud of Jacob as I pride myself on fitness and have yet to complete a full marathon myself. He retells his tale on his own blog here and I've got to say, Jacob is hilarious.

Fit's Tip: Overweight individuals should talk to their doctor before taking on such a task like running a marathon.

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krisua krisua 10 years
I'm surprised to see that; just wondering whether it was healty enough on his knees. He doesn't look like a person who has trained a lot to take such an adventure. On the other hand, it's VERY motivational and I'm definitely going to read his blog, too!
HeartbreakHill HeartbreakHill 10 years
This may seem insensitive, but “Jacob” did not finish the Boston Marathon. His name isn’t is among the 20,348 athletes who did. Staged photos of him on the sidewalk don’t mean he did the distance. This whole thing about “Jacob” at the Boston Marathon offends me. You see, I ran the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16. I earned my right to be there by running a qualifying marathon in under 3 hours and 22 minutes. It is not easy. I train for thousands of miles, do hundreds of hours strength training and have self-control in what I eat. Except for the several thousand runners who qualify by raising millions for the official charities, everyone has to prove they’re among the very best to run at Boston. But “Jacob” didn’t do those things. He simply wanted attention and to get it he capitalized on the absurdity of him “participating” (not running) at this world class event. It’s revealing that anyone could be inspired by a 350 pound glutton struggling toward Boston at barely 2 miles an hour. Maybe next “Jacob” could pedal along the Champs-Elysees then announce that he’s raced the Tour de France. After that he could ride the tourist bus that tours the Indianapolis 500 track then say he’s raced at Indy. It’s all about feeling good on the cheap, after all. Runners are generally a friendly bunch. It’s especially true at Boston where the earned right to be there is the basis for mutual respect. My path didn’t cross “Jacob’s” on raceday and I’m glad he didn’t tarnish what for me was a great experience and a fast run into Boston. It was unlikely I’d see him. He would have been at the back of the second group that started 30 minutes after I did. The second group is older and slower but they still burn with the pride and determination it takes to qualify. In his blog “Jacob” complained about how “uncomfortable” the other runners made him feel the entire time he waited to sneak in among them. His comments tell it all. He was immediately spotted as an unwelcome fraud at the start. He was quickly left behind. The roads reopened to traffic, the volunteers packed up and the cheering crowds went home before he shuffled by. The finish line was closed long before he says he got there. He earned no medal and his name will never be in the history book of 2007 finishers. It’s like he was never there at all. I wish this had simply been a story about obesity but that’s just a symptom. It’s always been a story about character. That distinction may prove as difficult for some to grasp as it is to actually qualify for Boston. As an aside to the author of the original article, the actual mens winning time of the 2007 Boston Marathon was 2:14:13 (Robert Cheruiyot, Kenya).
fruitcakesucks fruitcakesucks 10 years
I think this man is amazing, funny, strong, and wonderfully motivating. He is changing his life, he is making himself happy, and it really is sad to see the negative comments on this website. He made the decision to change his life for the better, and it's depressing to see all the negative comments by people who have no compassion, and who probably don't have the courage to do the same. Good luck on your next marathon Jacob.
jendudley jendudley 10 years
Good Job Jacob and way to inspire millions! We can do it, guys!!!
julz julz 10 years
I LOVED this story! Thanks for sharing. :) ~julz
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
oh wow, and i just saw his previous entry, hes HALF his original size!!! :jawdrop: im SO impressed.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
i just check out his blog and im so impressed!!! i feel so proud of him too, and i dont even know him! lol i hate that there were mean spirited ppl laughing at him tho, that is just NOT on!
SU3 SU3 10 years
Talk about motivation. That is awesome! I totally admire his determination... especially when he thought about calling those cabs! :D And that picture of him staring at the mattresses and the lunch buffet... too funny!! :ROTFL: Jacob truly is an inspiration! Thanks for posting this! :)
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 10 years
Wow!! Good for him! I couldn't run a marathon to save my life!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Aww, he sounds amazing. Going for a marathon takes a lot of courage no matter what your fitness level is. And if he can do it, others can do it too.
rookie rookie 10 years
I'm running my first half marathon tomorrow, possibly in rainy conditions. This is great inspiration when I am about to pass out on the course ;-)
TheMissus TheMissus 10 years
This guy IS insipiring. To run the Boston Marathon for anyone (which ain't easy)is a HUGE deal... But to do it with that much weight on you, has gotta be way harder. I still don't think the astronaut running it on a treadmill in space counts as "Running the Boston Marathon" though. Yay to her for running 26.2 miles... But you can't say you ran B-Town's marathon unless you did hear on Earth... It's way harder running it here than it could ever be on a treadmill.. Whether that treadmill be in space or here on Earth.
smarler smarler 10 years
I'm going to put his picture by my treadmill as positive motivation: when I start to think about cutting my work out short, this will remind me that I can keep at it!
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