22,450th!

By Lyndon A. Zaitz Of the Keizertimes When is it an occasion for celebration coming in 22,450th place? When you’ve run your Boston Marathon. Keizer resident Jerry Nutttbrock, 62, was one of 30,000 people to qualify for the 2016 marathon, and one of about 20 from the mid-Willamette Valley area who were accepted to run this year. A runner during his middle and high school days, in his early 20s, Nuttbrock’s knees starting going out. He didn’t run for many years. He started again in his early 40s and new shoes made all the difference; a visit to a Portland shoe company resulted in the appropriate running shoe and he has not had knee problems since. He said he runs because it’s cleansing. “The best things about running is that it is exercise, it clears my brain. It’s kind of medicinal,” he said. “I love to run because it doesn’t feel like work. I’m not much of a gym rat.” He may not be a gym rat but he does have a training system that strengthens his core—where the running comes from. He said that training for races, such as marathons, calls for a lifestyle change. His diet and nutrition changed and he includes yoga in his workout routine. His training pays off — in the past year, he ran 26 races ranging from 5Ks to marathons. One of...

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