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Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014

Truman Smith A Real Marathon Man

68-Year-Old Grandfather Will Do Huntsville Saturday

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - by John Hunt

Have you ever heard of the Marathon Maniacs?

It’s a national organization that recognizes off-the-wall marathon accomplishments, including the number of 26.2-mile races a person has completed in a certain period of time.

Their website also says that qualified individuals “must finish the race and have fun along the way.  Finish times aren’t an issue and training runs don’t count.

Truman Smith may not be a member of this elite group, but he should be.

The 68-year-old University of Alabama graduate has come a long way since he finished his first marathon at Chickamauga in 1987.

About 10 years ago, he got on this kick about running a marathon in all 50 states.  He completed that task in 2009.  Then he started entertaining the idea of running a marathon in all seven continents.  That one was checked off the list last year…..

Read more about this runner’s impressive accomplishments!


(This is the 42nd in a series of weekly features on runners in the Chattanooga area.  If you know someone who might make an interesting story, email John Hunt at



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