NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson has notched another impressive finish, but this time he wasn’t behind the wheel. As we reported in our profile on the racing legend, Johnson set a goal to train for and finish the Boston Marathon this year. On Monday, he swapped his No. 48 Chevy for a No. 4848 bib and finished the race with an official time of 3:09:07, beating the three-hour, ten-minute mark to qualify for next year’s marathon in his age group.
Johnson, the only driver to ever win five consecutive NASCAR Cup championships, held himself to an intense training regimen even as the racing season began in February. He ran up to 90 miles per week, often at Freedom Park near his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He ran Boston less than 36 hours after finishing the Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond, Virginia. As he points out in the video below, the track at Richmond is a demanding one, and it put a great deal of stress on his body—not an ideal way to prep for a marathon.
“The next two days are going to be the biggest physical challenges of my life,” Johnson said.
He flew up to Boston directly after the race to toe the line in Hopkinton. Thanks to his intense fitness regimen and plenty of Gatorade, he pulled off an impressive finish on Monday.
While this isn’t Johnson’s first race outside of NASCAR (he has completed five triathlons and an Ironman), it looks like he may have caught the running bug.
“It hurt, but it was worth every bit of it,” he said.