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He is 83 and as fit as a fiddle

one and a Half hours, so much to offer but must be Run, daily, "when it rains cats and dogs", says Roland Thommen, 83. The former vocational school teachers t

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He is 83 and as fit as a fiddle

one and a Half hours, so much to offer but must be Run, daily, "when it rains cats and dogs", says Roland Thommen, 83. The former vocational school teachers trained on the Liechtenstein Marathon on October 19. June: 42,195 Kilometers, 1800 Meters Of Altitude Difference. "It is my 140. Marathon, and I hope that I will finish it as always, without any special effort."

at Home in Rorschacherberg SG reviews Thommen countless photos that show him in competition gear. To Run he found in 1977 in Greece, where he joined happened to be on a tender for the traditional course from Marathon to Athens. "I went, was immediately hooked and knew that I would not let go of this discipline," says the wiry Senior, the brakes neither as a runner, yet as a narrator.

of Course he's hoarding home 4500 books and "always seven of them in parallel," reads the historical Background of his passion, know this: After the Greeks, in 490, had won the BC at Marathon, a battle against the Persians, ran a messenger with the redemptive message in the capital, where he collapsed dead.

Young Wilder: Roland Thommen (r.), 1977, in Greece his first Marathon. Photo: zvg,

Thommen, in turn, acts on each of the photo finish as dewy, as if he came from the afternoon tea. The only mishap happened to him the rounds years ago on one of his domestic Routine, where he searched each case, "whether the pedestrian is still there". Edge of a forest, a Buzzard attacked him, tore him in two, three bleeding welts in the forehead. Probably, says Thommens wife Rosmarie, I saw the bird, the gray hair of her husband, "and meant, as a mouse is on the way". The Couple laughs about the comparison. For 60 years, you are married, have five children, fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Never without Rosmarie

On a photo Thommen laughs on the Piz Nair in the camera. "The higher it goes up, the better it is for me," says the athlete, who due to their age, a slightly high upper blood pressure of 160, "which, when Run, however, almost 120 drops". The blow from him, never, not even then, "if I smash on a busy stage, a motivating song like "Kumbaya My Lord"".

singing is for Thommen as indispensable as the Run. He is involved in several choirs, and sometimes his voice is used just when a Competition comes up. At this year's Engadin Skimarathon, he will not participate for this reason. Last year, however, he came as the oldest of the participants after five hours to its destination. "I had only trained four times, the skis rented were." And the next day he spurtete already back to Ross büchel, a hill in its vicinity.

He doesn't care about rankings, never aspired to be a professional.

Thommen is still none that could be as poisoned. He doesn't care about rankings, never aspired to be a professional. As the only Entourage for runs, he likes his woman to himself, without which he is going nowhere. Rosmarie is not accompanied him to a marathon in Boston, where he was in 2013, when an assassination attempt on the route called three Dead. "I had me flying in a fall on my garden, the Tailbone wall of hurt and liked nine hours." When he saw the images from the attack, he was terrified: "it is Precisely at the point where my wife had waited in previous years, always to me, was the bomb."

The memory makes Thommen for moments to mute. But then he commented on his photos, is going through some of the Events again. No, he has abandoned all invested a lot, "even though I never go to the Limits and have my own rhythm". Proud, exalted feelings, when he comes to the goal – does he know something? Thommens clear look is soft and warm. "No. I look at me and wonder: Where is my wife?" (The Swiss family)

Created: 07.03.2019, 16:08 PM

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