(Mar. 2022) Steve (72) and Paula Boone (a mere 55) are fixtures in the running community. Based in Humble TX, they run on average 20-35 marathons a year. Paula was originally from Utah but after meeting a longhaired hippy at the 1997 Boston Marathon she lost her heart to him and embraced Texas. Steve just completed his 800th marathon at the Houston Marathon in January. He did his first marathon there and runs it every time he hits a 100 anniversary. His most prolific year of marathons was in 2014 when he ran 46. Paula reached her milestone of 365 marathons in January of 2021. “This way I have a tee shirt for every day of the year without doing laundry,” she comments. She runs an average of 14 marathons a year and as many as 35 but says Steve is much more dedicated than she is. “I don’t love running. I love to eat, travel and hang out with my friends and doing marathons in all 50 states multiple times allows me to do all of those things. Running is just the painful part of getting there,” says Paula. Between them, they have 6 kids, 9 grandkids and 1 great-grandkid.
Career-profession? Steve: I am mostly retired from my career as a computer programmer and feel a bit like a blacksmith after cars became widely available. Paula is a retired schoolteacher. In 1992 I created the Marathon Challenge program. The original intent was twofold. I wanted
Steve and Paula Boone have run nearly 1200 marathons (collectively)
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