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.)
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.”
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.