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Scott Graham, aka PHAT – 23 Boston Marathons and counting

by Don

The following is a brief profile of one of the 50 interviewees. The full interview as well as insights will be featured in the upcoming book.Scott Graham Getting His Heart Rate Way Up There

Scott Graham is a 50 year old endurance athlete who participates in running, triathlons, snow shoe racing, and anything else that can put his heart rate way up there. Scott lives in Westford, Massachusetts, and is an executive for a financial services company. He discovered at about the age of 11 that he had lots of endurance, when he finished first overall in a 25 mile walkathon. It also helped that Scott’s best buddy’s father was a marathoner, and would run his warm ups with them. Scott has been at it a long time, and has run 23 consecutive Boston Marathons, and most recently ran 3:01, just missing the three hour mark. Scott is known in his local running club as PHAT, for Pain Heavy At Times, a reference to his propensity to push though pain levels that would stop most others. Scott has a very demanding job, and he often does his workouts at 4am. Despite the challenge of fitting his training into his busy life, Scott continues being an athlete because he loves working out with, and being around his network of athlete friends.


I’m very excited about two upcoming radio interviews I have where I’ll be promoting the 50,000 Athlete Challenge as well as my book. One of them is today, Saturday July 18th, on KFKA 1310 AM out of Greeley Colorado ( I will be interviewed by Ray Martinez, the ex-mayor of Fort Collins, Colorado. It starts at noon Mountain time, so tune in if you can. The second is with an internet radio show Growing Bolder (, out of Florida, and will be on Monday August 3rd at 11:45am Mountain time.

I have also now obtained the domain, which points to this blog page, as well as, which points to the 50,000 Athlete Challenge page on the blog. My hope is that this will make it easier for people to find.

Spread the word!

I’m at about 30 interviews completed, and still looking for inspiring stories. I’m in particular looking for athletes 70 and over, as well as athletes that are in different sports such as martial arts, snow boarding, and dancing. If you know of someone who would be a good candidate, please email me at

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Mark Rodman July 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm

I will personally attest to Scott’s unique ability to push through pain. He has very high standards for his performance. It’s a challenge for all of us around him.

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