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David Crerar, a lawyer practising at BLG and a board member of the Vancouver
International Marathon Society, is another one of the brave (some
might say insane) runners who dare to test their limits through the occasional
ultra-marathon. In fact, “occasional” is nowhere near an accurate
descriptor of Crerar’s running activities: over the past 15 years, Crerar has
completed over 140 marathons and ultra-marathons, including the Boston
and New York marathons, the West Highland Way 95-mile race in Scotland
and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in California.9 This latter
race is particularly demanding, as temperatures can exceed 40 degrees and
many participants find themselves unable to complete the course. I am
feeling the need to take a water break just thinking about it.
For many mortals, 26.2 miles is (more than) enough. The myth behind the
marathon alone is enough to make most people seek refuge on a comfy
couch with a bag of cheese puffs. Legend has it that in 490 B.C., Pheidippides,
a Greek messenger, was sent from the battlefield in Marathon, Greece to
Athens to announce the news that the Greeks had defeated the Persians at
the Battle of Marathon.10 This run, as the fable goes, was 26.219 miles in distance—
hence the distance of the modern “marathon”. Upon completing this
incredible feat of endurance, Pheidippides burst into the Greek assembly and
exclaimed, “Rejoice! We conquer!”, only to collapse and die shortly thereafter.
The story of one U.S. lawyer provides a notable (albeit extreme) example
of love for the sport. Larry Macon, a trial lawyer in Texas, ran a staggering
255 marathons in 2013 alone.11 From the time he picked up running at the
age of 52 until he reached age 69, Macon completed over 1,240 marathons
(totalling some 32,000 miles), and he shows no signs of stopping. Macon
admits that his steadfast devotion to running is “crazy, obsessive and compulsive”—
his obsession for running has earned him the nickname
“Marathon Maniac Larry”—but he maintains that running brings him happiness.
“I do the two things I love, that’s practise law and run races. Life
doesn’t get any better than that,” he says.12 Larry’s wife, also a lawyer, adds,
“Larry is … a trial lawyer, and trial lawyers by training are compulsive,” content
to leave it at that.13 Legend has it that Macon once conducted a conference
call while running. To readers, we caution against adopting this as a
regular practice, no matter how much conference calls make you want to
run for the hills.
Of course, if running does not appeal to you, there is always walking.
Indeed, one soon-to-be lawyer, articling student Inaki Gomez of BLG, opts
for walking over running. You may be surprised to discover, however, that
Gomez’s walk carries him much faster and farther than most of us can run.
Gomez is an Olympic race walker. He made his Olympic debut at London