He did it. NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson finished his first Boston Marathon Monday crossing the line with a time of 3:09:07. In the weeks leading up to the race, Johnson said his goal was to run the 26.2 miles in under 3 hours.
He finished in 4,155th place overall and 3,746th among males. In his division (Male 40-44), Johnson finished 641st.
Johnson had been training for the grueling race for months, and Saturday competed in the 400-mile NASCAR race in Richmond.
“I’m hurting but it was a lot of fun and just an amazing experience,” he told the Boston Globe.
The most famous part of the course is Heartbreak Hill, between the 20th and 21st mile. It’s an uphill portion near Boston College and is considered the most difficult stretch of the race.
“I wish I had my car for Heartbreak Hill, it would have made that a lot easier,” Johnson told CBS Boston after finishing the race. “What an incredible experience. … The stories that people have told me that have been in this before don’t even come close to what it’s like in real life. The first half was so easy, and I heard so much about that. To see the pace you’re like, ‘Oh wow, I got this, no problem,’ and then the work starts. You realize you probably got on too fast. Just thankful that this worked out.”
Johnson said that while there were many highlights during the race, “at the end of the day ... the community and energy within the community of people, volunteers, spectators, and runners – it’s great to see all walks of life smiling.”