(July 2019) Dan Larson stands third on the list of runners with the most Boston Marathon finishes. He's got 49, including the last 44 in a row. A Yale University grad (four years behind a certain F. Shorter), Larson has spent most of his career in small medical clinics in upstate New York, roughly 75 miles north of Albany. He has also finished an annual Turkey Trot 10K 53 years in succession. After completing this year's Boston in 4:49:46, Larson, 68, has decided, "One more and then ... we'll see."
Career/profession? I am a family physician, but to borrow from George Sheehan, I was a runner long before I was a doctor.
When and why did you start running? I started running to get in shape for freshman high school basketball and also had some friends who ran at late dusk all summer long.
How much did you run in your peak years? I was never one for huge mileage, but likely averaged more than 90 miles per week for about 6 or 7 years in my twenties and thirties
Top races or running achievements? I went from being a