Walter Faion had a birthday to remember this year.
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The Toronto runner turned 57 the day before the Boston Marathon and was in Beantown on the weekend to celebrate his special day with his wife, Joy, by running the marathon.
This isn’t the first time the avid distance runner has showed up on the start line to celebrate turning a new age. Back in 1979, Faion ran the Boston marathon on the day he turned 19. What’s interesting about that birthday nearly four decades ago, is that back then, the rules of the Boston Marathon stated that runners had to be at least 19 years old to run the course. Seeing as he turned 19 on the day of the actual race, the race let him run.
Now, in 2017, Faion describes his experience on the course on Monday and looks back on his first-ever birthday Boston Marathon in 1979.