Governor Set to Run in New York Marathon

AUGUST 3, 2006 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Without a political race on his agenda this year, Governor Huckabee has time for another kind of race...the New York City Marathon, which will be run just two days before election day.

Huckabee, who has served the maximum two elected terms allowed by the state's term-limits law, leaves office in January.  On Wednesday, he held a news conference at the state Capitol to discuss his plans for the November 5 marathon at New York.  He was joined by race director Mary Wittenberg, who gave him a bib with Number 110.

The number is a reference to the approximate number of pounds Huckabee has lost in the last few years.  The governor was diagnosed with diabetes in 2003 and he's become more health conscious since then.  Huckabee has run in three marathons in the last 18 months, and he published a book in 2005 on his weight loss, "Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork."

Wittenberg, who went for a run with Huckabee on Wednesday morning, said she's impressed he's been so committed despite not having an athletic backgrounds.

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