Jim Willett made it to Boston after running 875K in 2 weeks

The ultrarunner from Newmarket, Ont. has made it to Boston after running there from Hamilton's Around the Bay race two weeks ago. Despite sustaining a quad tear along the way, he's excited to race tomorrow

April 14th, 2019 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , ,

Jim Willett of Newmarket, Ont. arrived at the start line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. today after running 875K from Hamilton, Ont. over the past two weeks. He briefly spent some time at the race expo in Boston picking up his bib before putting his feet up for the final push tomorrow when he runs North America’s second-oldest road race for the first time. (The oldest is Around the Bay in Hamilton, which was the kick-off to Willett’s journey.)

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Jim Willett at the 2019 Boston Marathon race expo. Photo: Don Adam

Willett was unlucky enough to sustain a tear to his vastus medialis (one of the muscles of the quadriceps) during the run, but has been receiving treatment daily. He says he will wrap the leg for the race tomorrow, and plans to “give it.”

Jim Willett (middle) with some folks from the Darn Tough sock company of Vermont at the 2019 Boston Marathon race expo. Photo: Don Adam

Willett has raised more than $5,000 for socks for homeless people, which is being matched in kind by the Darn Tough sock company of Vermont. He was crewed on the trip by his friend Don Adam, a kinesiologist with many years’ experience in the exercise industry.