INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A 75-year-old Indiana man is one state away from having run marathons in all 50 states.
If Tom Hathaway of Indianapolis finishes the Maine Marathon Sunday, he will become one of just 380 people nationwide who have met the 50-state goal since 1983, said organizers of the 50 States Marathon Club.
"I look for unusual challenges. I've always been a little that way," said Hathaway, a track coach who started running at age 12 and has completed more than 100 marathons.
Hathaway coached for 32 years at Southport High School, where he led the boys cross country team to three state titles and the girls to four, The Indianapolis Star reported Saturday. Hathaway, who coached University of Indianapolis teams for eight years, has been an inspiration to thousands of runners and walkers.
"He does not preach but teaches by example. What an amazing role model," said Dr. Rafat Abonour, an oncologist with the Indiana University School of Medicine who trains with Hathaway.