Hermes has some competition
PORTRAIT. The slap of sneakers hitting the ground is not something usually heard at four o’clock in the morning. But in Saint-Laurent, until 9 am, early risers wave a sleepy hand at a familiar passing figure, Theo « Running Machine » Delacas.
The 73 year old is up and running, rain or snow. In his younger years he remained active in soccer and started running as a way to keep in shape as he entered his forties. A short time later he participated in his first marathon.
My DNA is different, God blessed me. I can do something no one else can do. Run 50 miles yesterday and I will do again tomorrow, he proudly explains.
He has become quite the celebrity as well, known to the overnight police patrols and some residents. « I cannot believe my eyes, you are my hero, » yelled out a man who has been taken up jogging, inspired by the Running Machine after seeing him on television.
Delacas says it happens quite often and has hundreds of pictures with his fans to back that up. Everybody supports me every day.
Originally from Kefalonia, an island in the Ionian Sea west of mainland Greece, he moved to Montreal in 1960. He married and had four children who have given him seven grandkids. His apartment is filled with pictures of the people he has met and races he has entered. A table has all his medals and trophies. But much to the dismay of his grandkids, there are no sugary sweets, juices or pop in sight.
I eat only vegetables and fruits, and I never have processed food. No red meat but sometimes veal or chicken, and water, lots of water. It seems to be working for him, as he does not take any medicines and is fit and trim.
Delacas travels to Greece every summer to spend time with his family, but he still runs. In marathons there, he has won four gold medals and a trophy that he displays proudly. He enjoys his simple approach to life. Nobody will love you unless you love yourself first.
Fit as a fiddle and ready to run a marathon, the Running Machine is proud of his accomplishments.