|He Set a World Running Record|
In 1971, Al Howie decided to quit smoking and improve his health. He was 30 years old and really out of shape. Al started jogging. Never one to do things half way he was soon entering and winning marathon races, including setting the North American record for the 24 hour race in July 1981 at Ottawa. But it was in New York City in 1989 that Al Howie won the granddaddy of them all. The 1300 Mile or 2100 Kilometre New York Marathon. Al ran it in a world record time of 17 days, 8 hours and 25 minutes. To fully understand his remarkable achievement, it's equivalent to running 75 miles (125 km) each day for 17 days. Newspapers and television programs around the world showed Al crossing the finish line with a smile on his face and a Canadian flag held high.
AI's not in it for the money-in fact there is no money-he pays his own expenses.
In these days of mega-million-dollar sports contracts, it's refreshing to meet an athlete who wants to achieve for the sake of achieving-AI Howie-another Canadian Achiever.
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