At age 50, Ot­tawa’s Wally Her­man be­came a run­ner, spe­cial­iz­ing in marathons and ul­tra­ma­rathons dur­ing his 40-year ca­reer. Here are some high­lights:

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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.

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