A Fort Saskatchewan resident is about to accomplish something few dare dream of.
Roger MacMillan will run his 100th marathon just weeks before he turns 80.
After seeing a coworkers race shirt, he was inspired and started training. He did his first 10km run in Edmonton.
"It took me 53 minutes... it just about killed me," said MacMillan "I couldn't walk for about a week, but I was hooked!"
It eventually led him to half marathons, still thinking he never thought he could do a full. As it turned out, he could. MacMillan's first full marathon (42.2km) was May 2006 in Vancouver, just months before his 69th birthday; in June, he ran his 99th race.
"It's my eightieth birthday in October and I had a target of running 100 marathons before that date," said Macmillan.
MacMillan has run and collected t-shirts from all over Canada, the USA, Ireland and Scotland.
"I can tell you one thing, it's a tough way to get a t-shirt," added MacMillan with a smile.
In every race, MacMillan stops to pose for a photo at the 26 km mark. He says the secret is not to win the race, but to finish.
Marathon 100 for MacMillan happens on August 20 in Edmonton, where he'll complete the race wearing the fitting bib (number 100).
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