BRATTLEBORO — If he has it in him, Al Claussen will do a victory lap on the Art Freeman Track on Sunday morning.The Townshend resident will begin his virtual Boston Marathon in Jamaica, Vt. at 7:30 a.m. and will follow Route 30 to Brattleboro, finishing at the high school. His goal is to run the 26.2 miles in just under three hours.
Claussen qualified by placing 203rd in a time of 3:20:11 in the 2019 Vermont City Marathon. He then ran a 1:30 half marathon followed by a 1:28 half marathon in order to stay in race shape.
"His training has been extremely smooth, with a slight bump in the road the last three weeks with an IT band issue," said Al's wife, Tammy. The IT band is a long piece of connective tissue that runs along the outside of each leg from the hip to the knee and shinbone, helping to rotate the hip.
Claussen has been replacing running with cross training activities to give his body a rest.
The Boston Marathon was originally scheduled for April 20, however Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced that it will instead be a virtual event this month due to COVID-19 concerns.