Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Marathon Runner Takes A Victory Lap

HOUSTON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A marathon runner in Houston, Texas, is celebrating his birthday in a bold, bionic way.

In 1994, Dr. Christopher Rampacek received a total hip replacement and had another revision surgery in 2007, and this Sunday (Jan. 13), Dr. Rampacek, who also suffers from osteoarthritis, is celebrating his 56th birthday by running the Chevron Houston Marathon.

But there’s another half of the story – he’s running it twice!

Dr. Rampacek – a personal trainer who’s run more than 100 marathons and 40 ultra-marathons – expects the first 26 miles of the rigorous, 52.4-mile run to take seven hours, and says, “It’ll be a little bit of a test – I might bring up the rear of the pack. I’ll leave the fast running to the youngsters.”

And although Dr. Rampacek and his hip have high-stepped it in Houston every year since his surgery, there’s one person who the running rebel has continuously put the screws to.

Dr. Rampacek says, “After the first surgery, my doctor told me I’d never run again. I listen to my surgeon – everything except ‘Don’t run on it!’”

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