A lifelong achievement was met on Saturday, July 9, 2016, when Joe Sinclair successfully completed his 200th marathon. All the more astonishing is that he did not seriously begin running marathons until 2008, shortly after his 62nd birthday. Joe chose as his 200th marathon one of the toughest in eastern America: The Grandfather Mountain marathon, a grueling 26.2 mile race up and down the mountains of northwest North Carolina in challenging weather conditions. The marathon takes place each year in conjunction with the Highland Games. This was Joe’s 9th consecutive finish in the event.
“It was one of the toughest, but also one of the most fulfilling marathons of my running career”, said Joe. “I was worried that I would not be able to finish at all, but what a relief when I finally entered the finishing area at the end. My prayers were answered!”
Unbeknownst to Sinclair as he neared the finish line was a familiar voice over the loud speaker announcing his arrival to the cheering crowd over 10,000 attending the Highland Games that Joe would be taking a victory lap around the arena in celebration of his 200th marathon. Also cheering him on was his wife, Claryce, sister Jean Vance, and many friends and family members.
“Age is just a number but as runners we are only as good as our next step,” says Sinclair who along the way of racking up his many marathons, has taken the time to write several books, two on the art of running distance races (available through Amazon).