Darnall in step to complete World Marathon Majors
BENTON - Local attorney and marathon runner Jason Darnall is one step closer to accomplishing his goal of becoming a World Marathon Majors runner after successfully competing in the Tokyo Marathon this past weekend.
The series of six marathons in the tour are comprised of Tokyo, New York, Boston, Chicago, London and Berlin.
Joining some 36,000 other runners, Tokyo’s 26.2 mile trek led participants through the busy streets of the Metropolitan area of the Asian city.
It is estimated that nearly 2 million spectators lined the streets for this event, marking their 7th annual race.
With Tokyo under his belt with an impressive 3:14 finish which ranked him within the top 5 percent of runners, Darnall is now setting his sights on the final destination in the World Tour, Berlin.
Having competed in London with an injured foot, Darnall was pleased to announce that this run was finished injury free.
“The last two miles were a struggle but I was just worn out and ready to be done,” he said of his race. “The weather was perfect and overcast all day – it even snowed a bit on us at the end,” although he adds it didn’t feel cold enough for the winter precipitation to be falling.
In addition, while in Tokyo, Darnall discovered another lofty goal to possibly set his sights on - the Seven Continent Club. “I might have to try to wrap my mind around Antarctica before I am ready for that,” he said jokingly.
Inspired by a runner he met in Tokyo, a woman in her mid - 40’s with four children, who has ran six of the seven continental marathons in the past four years, Darnall said he realized he is off to a good start should he choose to continue on but adds, “Sometimes I feel like I have accomplished something, and then I get to these marathons and meet people who have done all these other things - and think to myself, holy cow I haven’t done anything!”
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