No, I’m not going to mock Paul Ryan for claiming that he once ran a marathon in less than three hours

Sure, I could get snarky about THIS, but that would be beneath me:

It turns out Paul Ryan has not run a marathon in less than three hours—or even less than four hours.

A spokesman confirmed late Friday that the Republican vice presidential candidate has run one marathon. That was the 1990 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, where Ryan, then 20, is listed as having finished in 4 hours, 1 minute, and 25 seconds.

Ryan had said in a radio interview last week that his personal best was “Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something.”

In a statement issued to Runner’s World by a spokesman Friday night, Ryan said of his marathon experience:

“The race was more than 20 years ago, but my brother Tobin—who ran Boston last year—reminds me that he is the owner of the fastest marathon in the family and has never himself ran a sub-three. If I were to do any rounding, it would certainly be to four hours, not three. He gave me a good ribbing over this at dinner tonight.”

As I say, I’m not going to mock Ryan on this matter. After all, his exaggeration is nothing compared with the claim that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, who has since died, once shot a truly remarkable round of golf.

The North Korean state media said Kim shot a 38-under par, including 11 holes-in-one, at the 7,700-yard championship course at Pyongyang. What’s more, it was the first round of golf in his life, and he was 52 years at the time.

There’s been no word yet from the North Korean media on whether Kim ever ran a marathon in less than three hours.






  1. Facts are an insignificant part of this man’s life and now he’s “running” for the second highest office. What a joke!

  2. The Republican ticket- Mitt Robme and Lyin Ryan. “Where’s the beef? “

  3. Ryan is a joke and this marathon “lie,” which is what it is, is just another in a pattern of lies that he’s launched since he was named running mate for Mitt. Any serious runner can tell you exactly what their best time in any distance is. He didn’t exaggerate or forget. He lied to make himself look better. Plain and simple.

  4. Its the Mark Kirk syndrome. Namely unnecessarily exaggerating an accomplishment you should already be proud of.

    There is a small percentage of people that can even finish a marathon. That alone should be enough for Ryan. Instead his ego got in his way. But don’t think such thing is limited to Conservatives. A google search for “Obama ego” leads to 29 million links. And no, they’re not all right-wing sites.

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