Bob Hardy pushed his racing walker 21.1 kilometres at the recent Demi-Marathon de Lachine in 2.33.51, or six minutes,14 seconds faster than his previous 2017 best time of 2.40.05.
“When I could no longer race on a bike due to health issues, I decided to transform my walker into a super "race walking" machine,” says the Alexandria athlete.
“This is my fourth and most successful racing year,” Mr. Hardy relates. “I’ve improved my half marathon time by 12 minutes, 44 seconds and full marathon time by 24 minutes, 22 seconds.”
He continues, “At 66, I am stronger, fitter, faster and 20 pounds lighter than in 2013, when I started walker racing.”
His modified walker was the subject of a CBC report.
At the September 17 Army Run in Ottawa, “I arrived late because I could'nt find a parking space. On arrival I checked in my two bags using the bib tag supplied. The tag on my bags was the wrong one. A mix-up at the check-in.”
He was forced to soldier on without his pre-mixed electrolytes and elbow protectors.
“I fell over the finish line and was taken to the medical tent for some tests. I recovered quickly with the help of electrolytes and a bag of chips.”
DETERMINATION: Bob Hardy faced adversity in Ottawa.