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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.

Mur­phy's Law

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.

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