Bassmaster Elite Series pro Aaron Martens competed in the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, finishing below his target time of 4 hours. This year’s All-Star champion, who's shown in the center of the photograph to the right, completed the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 56 minutes, 10 seconds.
“Everybody was pushing themselves to the point of collapse. It’s pretty awesome,” Martens said a few minutes after completing his first marathon. “It’s the hardest physical experience I’ve ever put my body through. It’s incredible.”
He said the final couple miles were the toughest stretch, but he still achieved his goal of a sub-4-hour race. His training wasn’t what he had hoped it would be over the last couple months. In addition to tournament commitments, he had a bout of walking pneumonia 3 weeks ago that hampered in preparation.
“I want to do another one when I’ve been able to train right, but it’s so hard to get all the training in with my schedule,” he added.