Today’s 113th running of the Boston Marathon is not just for the young, but also the young at heart.
Among the thousands of elite athletes who will complete the grueling 26.2-mile feat from Hopkinton to Boston are regular folks like 61-year-old Jerry Mooney, a construction worker who’s running his first Boston.
“I didn’t start running until I was 49,” said Mooney, of Atlantic City, N.J., fueling up on carbs at last night’s prerace spaghetti supper at City Hall Plaza.
Determined to qualify, Mooney pounded the pavement of the Atlantic City boardwalk five nights a week, after working construction all day. He hopes to finish the race today in about five hours.
“It took me a few times to do it, but I finally qualified,” Mooney said. “Let’s just say I already feel like a winner.”
Congratulations Jerry Mooney! May your hard work and dedication pay off in a good time.