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.”