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Tyler Man Relishes Boston Marathon Success

The 109 year-old Boston Marathon is considered by many to be one of the most prestigous, and hardest marathons in the world.  And, at the age of 72, a Tyler man achieved the ultimate... winning his age divison. But, not without a few bumps and bruises along the way. Harold Wilson was roughly 24 hours removed from running 26 miles in 3 hours and 48 minutes in one of the most grueling marathons in the world, when he walked through Tyler's airport today.  But, there was no mistaking the smile on his face. That's a smile of accomplishment. Because flying home from Boston with Harold, was a first place trophy from the Boston Marathon.

"I'm a little sore right now for one thing," said Wilson.  "I didn't get to sleep last night. I was thrilled."

In his fourth try, and after a runner up finish two years ago, Harold won the 70 & over division of the race.

"It's an experience you will never know until you do it, I'll tell you that," said Wilson.

And what an experience it was. Harold is wearing the price of victory on his face, shoulder, elbow and leg. You see, running in the middle of 20,000 people can be a little hazzardous.

"A man crossed in front of me up there on the 12-mile mark," said Wilson, "and I hit the ground with a ton of bricks."

"He jumped up like a jack rabbit," said Grant Spencer was running with harold at the time, "and starts running again, and he's got blood on the side of his face and I'm like hang on Harold, hang on.  We probably went about another half mile and saw the medical tent and just went in there."

"She wanted to put band aids on my elbows and what have you, and I said, I don't have time," said Wilson.

"Harold just gutted it out because he really, really wanted to win this year and he did a great job," said Spencer. 

"I had some awful good friends who helped me out," said Wilson, "some good running, a good wife, and encouragement that means a lot. Lot's of encouragement from everybody. I think it's an accomplishment and I'm glad I did it, but I said I think I'll quit while I'm ahead now. I don't plan to go back."

Wilson says he plans to run one more marathon, to make it an even 10 for his career. Of course, that marathon will probably be in Texas somewhere.

Kevin Berns reporting.
kberns@kltv.com

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