Arkansas Governor to Run in NYC Marathon Sunday

NOVEMBER 3, 2006 - Posted at 7:56 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Governor Huckabee isn't running in a political race this year, so he's free to run in another kind of race on Sunday, two days before election day. A Huckabee spokeswoman says the governor's doctor has given him the green-light to run the New York City Marathon that day, despite a sore knee.

Huckabee spokeswoman Alice Stewart said Huckabee's doctor said the governor can run the race despite pain that Huckabee has experienced in his right knee. After looking at an X-ray of the knee, Huckabee's doctor told the governor he could run.

Stewart said the governor knows it might be a little painful, but is still optimistic it will be a good race. She said the doctor told Huckabee that, as long as he's not limping around at race time, he can go.

Huckabee, who lost more than 100 pounds after being diagnosed with diabetes, has run in three marathons in the last 18 months. His most recent time, in March, was four hours, 26 minutes and five seconds in his second Little Rock Marathon.

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