Throwback Thursday: Marathon Man

The 1982 New York City Marathon included this runner who co-founded The Home Depot.

Arthur Blank in New York City.

The Nov. 22, 1982 issue of National Home Center News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, included this article under the headline “Blank runs in N.Y. Marathon.”

“Jogging chief executives may be in the vogue, but Home Depot president Arthur Blank takes his running seriously. Blank was one of 14,308 runners that spilled across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in last month’s New York marathon, and went on to complete the 26.2-mile course in three hours 35 minutes.

“Blank, who first started running long distance about five years ago, says he was averaging 55 miles a week during the last few months before the marathon.

“‘It took a lot of training,’ he conceded, to complete the race.”

Appropriately, the slogan that appears on the home page of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation web site is: “There is no finish line.”

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