At age 50, Ottawa’s Wally Herman became a runner, specializing in marathons and ultramarathons during his 40-year career. Here are some highlights:
He competed in 730 marathons and ultramarathons, covering more than 38,500 kilometres or almost six trips across Canada.
The first runner to finish a marathon in every Canadian province and territory.
The first runner to complete a marathon in every U.S. state.
He holds world record for running a marathon in a country starting with every letter of the alphabet (25, no “X”).
The first to run a marathon in 99 countries, held that world record for many decades (he ranks seventh today).
On 10 weekends, he ran back-to-back marathons in different cities.
Herman is “one of the true pioneers of our sport,” said John Wallace, president of the Country Club, whose members must complete marathons or ultramarathons in a minimum 30 countries.