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Summerside’s Scott Clark recently competed the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge.
Scott Clark recently ran two marathons within a week on opposite coasts of the United States.
The 50-year-old Summerside resident finished fourth in the field of 400 in the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge. It is a combination of runners’ times from marathons in Boston on April 21 and Big Sur, Calif., on April 27.
“It’s six days after Boston, so your body hasn’t really healed from the first marathon when you’re throwing yourself back into the fire again,” Clark said. “It’s all a matter of who can recover the fastest and turn out a good time.”
He finished first in his age division by completing Boston in two hours, 51 minutes and Big Sur in 2:55.
Running a marathon is something many distance runners aim for, running two in six days is considered crazy by some.
“I love running,” Clark said. “I run every day, but I don’t run a marathon every day. I’d be lost without it, I think.
“It’s just become lifestyle for me,” he added. “I like challenges.”
After running Boston in April, he met a pair of friends and they drove home to Summerside. Clark was back at work early the next morning. He left for the west coast on Friday and ran the marathon on Sunday morning.
“The mental side of running these is huge,” Clark said, noting he had to be patient and concern himself only with his pace. “You just can’t get caught up in somebody else’s race.”
Last fall, he ran three marathons in three weekends, including one in Wolfville, N.S., the Island marathon and another in Moncton.
Clark, who has been running for 12 years, recently finished third at the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax with only a pair of Kenyans beating Clark’s time of 2:49.32.
It was Clark’s 56 career marathons. He has now shifted his now focus to the triathlon season and is putting more emphasis on the swimming and cycling components.