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Slowest Marathoner Always Finishes Race

"Like other athletes preparing for the New York City Marathon, Zoe Koplowitz knows the usual tips: Dress for the weather, pace yourself, start out slow.

But slow for Koplowitz, who takes to the 26.2-mile course every year with two fuschia crutches that match her eye shadow, can mean a race that stretches well into the next day.

"Last year was a little better than usual," said Koplowitz, 55. "I knocked it off in 28 hours."

Like the 30,000 or so runners attempting the marathon this Sunday, Koplowitz goes as fast as she can. She was diagnosed 30 years ago with multiple sclerosis, the degenerative disease of the nervous system."

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November 1, 2003 in people | Permalink