Roger Scott ’87- Marathon In Every State

Is this possible – Roger Scott ’87 is finally slowing down?

Let’s not go that far. Let’s just say he’s not planning to run any more marathons right now.

“My knees were starting to get to the point where the more I trained, the more they hurt,” he says. “I’m just trying to maintain so I can drink Pepsi. That’s what I tell people.”

What Scott has accomplished is beyond impressive. Impressive is finishing one marathon. He has completed 57, for a total of 57,000 miles since 1987.

And he has completed at least one marathon in every state. He reached that goal in March in Hawaii.

Now get this – of those 57 marathons, Scott finished first in 10 of them.

“I was very competitive when I was younger,” he says.

Scott played football at Simpson all four years, then joined the track team his senior year. Track coach Keith Ellingson encouraged him to try his first marathon.

Scott lives in Clive and teaches at Lincoln High School in Des Moines. His son, Trey, will be a freshman at Simpson this fall, but he has yet not caught the marathon bug.

“He’s more into academics,” his father says.

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