Paul Ryan now says he never ran sub-3 hour marathon

Posted Sept. 02, 2012, at 8:11 a.m.
Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan talks in the television booth for an interview at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30.
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Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan talks in the television booth for an interview at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30.

Republican Paul Ryan now says he didn’t run a marathon in less than three hours as he claimed in a nationally broadcast interview.

The vice presidential hopeful acknowledged Saturday he had misstated his marathon time by more than an hour. He released a statement correcting the record after Runner’s World magazine found evidence he had completed one marathon, in 1990, and finished in just over four hours.

Ryan told radio host Hugh Hewitt last month he had run a marathon in “under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something.” That’s a pace of less than 7 minutes per mile for the 26.2 mile course — fast for recreational runners.

Ryan has made much of his physical fitness, pointing out that he is devoted to the difficult Pt0X workout, which involves involves intensive cardio training combined with yoga, karate and other exercises. He frequently leads these workouts for other members of Congress.

Ryan says he should have rounded his marathon time to four hours, not three. His time at the 1990 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn., is listed as 4 hours, 1 minute, and 25 seconds.

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