70-year-old man with cancer completes the Boston Marathon

Published: Apr. 17, 2019 at 6:26 PM EDT
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- What's your excuse? A local man just ran in the Boston Marathon. He's 70-years-old and has prostate cancer. On top of that, back problems kept him from running for more than 25 years. This is a man who should be an inspiration to us all.

Jim Fields has crossed the finish line in 20 marathons. The most recent is the Boston Marathon at the age of 70.

“I was hoping to do it without walking, which I did," said Fields.

It’s a miracle in itself but his path has not been easy. He didn't run for 29 years after a back injury.

"I'm surprised a bit that I've been able to, I never thought I'd run again," said Fields.

Less than a year ago, Jim started running again. In September, he qualified for the Boston Marathon but shortly after, he hit another obstacle. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

"On February the 4, I had my prostate removed and that was 10 weeks before the day of the Boston Marathon and my surgeon said Jim you won't be doing any marathons soon," said Fields.

Little did he know, Jim was a fighter and a man determined to cross this finish line.

“I couldn't run for 4 weeks and so that left me with 6 weeks to get back to training and tapering for the marathon and so I did, managed to train enough," said Fields.

At 70-years-old we all want to know how and why. Jim's answer, he wants to be around for these guys/

“They don't think of papa as being old because they look at what papa does and so it's a good feeling," said Fields.

He's living proof that age really is just a number.

Jim will have treatments for his cancer but he has qualified for the New York Marathon in November and the Boston Marathon in 2020. He hasn't decided if he'll be going just yet.

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