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Rep. Ryan Admits His Marathon Claim Wasn't True

Factchecking Paul Ryan's Convention Speech

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan drew more attention for what was false in his acceptance speech than what was true.

Republican Paul Ryan now says he didn't run a marathon in less than three hours as he claimed in a nationally broadcast interview last week.

The vice presidential hopeful acknowledged Saturday he had misstated his marathon time by more than an hour. He released a statement correcting the record after Runner's World magazine found evidence he had completed one marathon, in 1990, and finished in just over four hours.

Ryan told radio host Hugh Hewitt last month he had run a "two hour and fifty-something" marathon. That's a pace of less than 7 minutes per mile for the 26.2 mile course — extremely fast for recreational runners.

Ryan said he should have rounded his marathon time to four hours, not three.

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donnaladd 7 years, 11 months ago

Here's the http://gawker.com/5939846/paul-ryans-...">Gawker story, which has tons of links and includes Ryan's rather flippant statement about the marathon lie, which doesn't exactly express regret (which he hasn't done for the http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/p...">multiple falsehoods in his Convention speech either):

The race was more than 20 years ago, but my brother Tobin — who ran Boston last year — reminds me that he is the owner of the fastest marathon in the family and has never himself ran a sub-three. If I were to do any rounding, it would certainly be to four hours, not three. He gave me a good ribbing over this at dinner tonight.

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