Doctor Realizes Dream of Running in The Boston Marathon

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           30,000 runners will hit the pavement in this year’s Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16. The world’s best runners, including many Olympians, usually lead the pack. But if you look very closely, you’ll see one average-sized 63-year-old doctor from The University of Kansas Health System, somewhere in the middle of the group.

            Dr. Bruce Toby says he turned 60 years old three years ago and said, “Why not run a marathon? Now that’s probably not the brightest thing I’ve ever done in my life!” But he did well enough to nearly qualify for Boston, and has spent the last three years preparing for this year’s run.

            In the video, Dr. Toby, chair of Orthopedic Surgery at The University of Kansas Health System, talks about his training regimen, and what’s best for mature runners. He says don’t push your body…listen to it. He reveals his secret eating regimen the weekend he arrives in Boston for the marathon (it includes waffles with chocolate chips!) And he says what’s great about Boston is, “They allow people like me to run with the finest runners in the world. This would almost be like me being able to pinch hit for the Royals!”

            The video also includes photos of Dr. Toby in different training marathons over the last couple of years.