72-year-old aims to complete 7th marathon in 14 days
Montpelier's Newton Baker will run in 26th consecutive Key Bank Vermont City MarathonUPDATED 4:55 AM HST May 23, 2014Video Transcript
AT THE VERMONT CITY MARATHON STARTING LINE SINCE DAY ONE... NEWTON BAKER IS ONE OF THEM, AND IT'S SAFE TO SAY LAKE CHAMPLAIN IS HIS FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH ... WPTZ'S STEPHEN WATSON HAS THE STORY ... AFTER HIS MARATHON TOUR THIS SUMMER, NEWTON WILL TRAVEL TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN SEPTEMBER IN CLEVELAND .. HE'S WON HIS AGEGROUP 14 TIMES IN THE LAST 20 YEARS.. SCRIPT: YOU MAY NOT SEE HIM AT THE FRONT OF THE PACK ON SUNDAY, BUT FOR 72-year-old NEWTON BAKER, SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE... WHY? BECAUSE THE KEY BANK VERMONT CITY MARATHON WILL BE HIS SEVENTH MARATHON IN FOURTEEN DAYS... "I'm not racing them. I'm running them to endure and get through them, so I have a much slower run plan." LAST WEEK, THE MONTPELIER NATIVE COMPLETED THE NEW ENGLAND CHALLENGE... FIVE MARATHONS, FIVE STATES, IN FIVE DAYS.. FROM PORTLAND MAINE DOWN TO SPRINGFIELD MASS... "Pretty soon I wasn't sure where I was or where I'd been." "If you thought two marathons in two weeks was impressive, Sunday marks Newton's 169th marathon, and 69th in the Green Mountain State. He's hoping to become the first Vermonter to run 100 marathons in their home state." "The goals are personal, so everybody's important, whether they're the first or last. Nobody comes to see one fast person. They come to see the whole parade." FOR THE 26TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, THE PARADE WILL BE WAITING FOR NEWTON AT THE FINISH LINE.. A CELEBRATION THAT WILL HAVE HIM SINGING HIS FAVORITE TUNE... "Now it's all over, I've crossed the finish line. My body's destroyed, finish line. My body's destroyed, but I'm feeling just fine. Maybe body's destroyed, but I'm feeling just fine. Maybe "Now it's all over, I've crossed the finish line. My body's destroyed, but I'm feeling just fine. Maybe someday if I ever recover, I'll get the blues to run another. I've got the run on marathon blues." IN MONTPELIER, STEPHEN WATSON WPTZ NEWSCHANNEL FIVE..