‘Runner’s World’ investigating Ryan’s marathon claim

FILE -In this Aug. 18, 2012 file photo, Republican vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks in The Villages, Fla. Paul Ryan works out and watches his diet, but clean living can only go so far when there\'s a strong family history of heart disease. The largest study ever of heart risks in families finds that having a close relative die young of cardiovascular disease doubles a person\'s odds of developing it at an early age. Three generations of Ryan men have died in their 50s of heart attacks. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

WASHINGTON – After vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan said in a radio interview last week that he had finished a marathon in under three hours, a magazine is looking into his claim.

Runner’s World has received confirmation from a Ryan spokesperson that the Republican vice presidential nominee ran one marathon in 1990. He finished in 4 hours, 1 minute, and 25 seconds.

Ryan made the comments about his running history on the Hugh Hewitt radio show, which lists a transcript of the interview.

In the interview, Hewitt says, “I’ve just gotta ask, what’s your personal best?” Ryan responds, “Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something.”

Scott Douglas of Runner’s World writes, “If Ryan has broken 3:00, he’d be the fastest marathoner to be on a national ticket. John Edwards has run 3:30; George W. Bush has run 3:44; Sarah Palin has run 3:59; and Al Gore has run 4:58.”

The magazine reports its request for more information from Ryan’s office has received no response.

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