OKC Memorial Marathon: Slogan on T-shirt speaks for racewalker Rod Hanson

Community college professor has done marathons in 22 states. The goal is to do all 50 states “before I croak off,” says Rod Hanson
by Jason Kersey Published: April 29, 2012
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Rod Hanson crossed the finish line Sunday, his red T-shirt proclaiming a message for the disease he despises.

“Screw cancer,” Hanson's shirt read.

Hanson, a 59-year old political science professor at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Ore., does racewalking, which is different from running in that one foot stays in contact with the ground at all times.

He's finished 22 marathons in his life and five since being diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009.

He's in remission — “two years, three months, 29 days in remission,” he said — and Sunday marked the 15th state in which he's racewalked a marathon.

“I'm trying to do all 50 states before I croak off,” Hanson said. “I got thrown for a little loop three years ago when I got sick, but I'm doing OK now.”


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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