Jimmie Johnson To Compete In Boston Marathon

Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory lane after winning Sunday's Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (Dave Moulthrop photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will take on a new challenge when he competes in the Boston Marathon later this year.

Johnson, who on Sunday competed in the Daytona Half-Marathon that began inside Daytona Int’l Speedway and then won the Advance Auto Parts Clash later in the day, noted that he has been wanting to compete in the Boston Marathon since the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

“I was sitting on my couch watching the Boston Marathon the year of the bombing,” Johnson said. “Right then and there I said I’ve got to run. I want to be a part of that energy, that emotion that is Boston Strong. I wanted to do it.

“It just seemed like something I should do and see if my body can handle it all.”

The 2019 Boston Marathon is scheduled for April 15, just two days after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.

Typically runners must qualify for the Boston Marathon, but the 43-year-old Johnson has received a qualifying exemption from his sponsor Gatorade that will allow him to compete.

Johnson has never competed in a full marathon before, but he has competed in several half marathons like the one Sunday in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he finished 12th overall and won his age group.