Jimmie Johnson makes ‘huge announcement,’ says he is working in Boston Marathon | NASCAR


Jimmie Johnson teased he had an enormous announcement Tuesday, which needed to do with a distinct type of racing.

The seven-time NASCAR sequence champion mentioned he’s planning on working the Boston Marathon in April.

“Away from the automotive, there are many targets that occupy my free time,” Johnson advised NBCSports.com. “Endurance sports activities is an enormous a part of that. Watching the Boston Marathon the 12 months of the bombing (in 2013), one thing clicked about me desirous to run that race, and as soon as the bombing occurred, I needed to be a part of Boston Robust.”

It will likely be the primary marathon for Johnson, who has run a number of half marathons, together with the Daytona Seashore Half-Marathon this previous weekend.

“I don’t know what 26.2 (miles) looks like,” he mentioned. “I’ve been to 20 a handful of instances already within the coaching. It takes two days to really feel regular once more. The problem of finishing the accomplishment, I’m drawn to that stuff. I’d like to see how far I can push myself. We’ll see the way it shakes out on April 15.”

On prime of getting ready for the beginning of the NASCAR season for the Daytona 500 this Sunday, Johnson mentioned he has been coaching for the marathon since November.

He mentioned he is at the moment working 70 miles per week and hopes to rise up to 100 miles per week because the Boston Marathon will get nearer. 

Johnson additionally mentioned he needs to complete the race in three hours.

“It’s very aggressive,” he mentioned. “A troublesome place to get a (private file). The competitor in me needs to go quick and put up a decent time.”

Collaborating within the race shall be more durable than regular for Johnson — the marathon shall be on Monday, April 15, simply two days after the Toyota House owners 400 at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Va.

“I’m punishing myself for that,” Johnson mentioned.

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