NASCAR driver Johnson runs Boston Marathon in 3:09:07
BOSTON — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson didn’t have many problems on the Boston Marathon course Monday, finishing in 3 hours, 9 minutes, 7 seconds.
It was only after receiving his medal from 2014 winner Meb Keflezighi that Johnson ran into a road block: On his way to a postrace media availability, security wouldn’t let him through.
On the course, it was a different story.
“I couldn’t believe how many people did spot me,” Johnson said. “Once somebody would recognize me, the crowd would get going and I could kind of egg them on and get everybody pretty loud, which is a lot of fun.”
Unlike at a NASCAR race, when the fans are split among 40 different drivers, Johnson felt like the spectators lining the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston’s Copley Square were cheering for everyone. Other runners also recognized him and offered pointers.
“I had countless people come by and (be) like, ‘All right, I know it’s your first. We’ve got this coming up. Get another gel,’” he said. “It never happens at my day job. There’s never advice passed out.”
Wearing Bib No. 4848 as a nod to his No. 48 Chevrolet, Johnson set out with the goal of breaking 3 hours , but he realized about seven miles in: “It wasn’t in the cards.”
Tony Hawk opens OKC skate park
OKLAHOMA CITY — Skateboard enthusiasts turned out by the thousands to welcome industry legend Tony Hawk to a new Oklahoma City park.
Hawk made an appearance Sunday for the grand opening of the skate park at Stars & Stripes Park on Lake Hefner. Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation estimates about 3,000 people showed up to see Hawk, Oklahoma-born professional skater Clint Walker and others christen the park.
The 50-year-old Hawk has helped open skate parks throughout the U.S. His industry footprint also includes skating video and mobile games and movie appearances.
In a tweet, Hawk thanked Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and other residents for attending, including “the dude that let me borrow his board after mine broke.”