HBM machinist to run NYC marathon

Howard-Boss Motorsports Machinist to Compete in New York City Marathon Crew member has unique "racing" goals Denver, NC (October 26, 2005) . Bob Black, machinist and crew member for Howard-Boss Motorsports of Denver,...

Howard-Boss Motorsports Machinist to Compete in New York City Marathon
Crew member has unique "racing" goals

Denver, NC (October 26, 2005) . Bob Black, machinist and crew member for Howard-Boss Motorsports of Denver, North Carolina will compete in the 36th running of the New York City Marathon on November 6th. Black recently received confirmation of his entry for the prestigious event.

"I've been running about three years," Black stated. "This will be my first New York City Marathon and I'm really excited about competing." Just to be selected for the race is an achievement in itself.

"You enter a lottery with all the prospective runners and are selected to compete through that (lottery) process," Black continued. "It's the first time that I've entered, so I'm really fortunate to be selected in their lottery."

The New York City Marathon will not be Black's first major marathon race. "My first marathon was the Rock'n'Roll Marathon in San Diego in June, 2002," Black stated. "Since then, I've been competing as often as my schedule allows."

A resident of Lincolnton, North Carolina, Black has competed in the Marines Marathon in Washington, D.C., the Country Music Marathon in Nashville (TN), the Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham (AL), the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis (TN), the Tampa (FL) Marathon, and the Chesapeake Bay (VA) Marathon among others in the past three years. Recently, Black has competed in West Virginia in June and in Erie, Pennsylvania in August. All these events help Black race toward his ultimate goal.

"I want to run a marathon in each of the fifty United States," Black added. "There's a 50 Marathon Club that recognizes runners who compete in certified races in all fifty states. To be in that club would be really special."

Black, who works as a machinist for Crawford Race Cars and crew member for Howard-Boss Motorsports, actually started running because he had gained some extra weight several years ago. His one-time health concern turned into a hobby.

"I wanted to lose some weight and shed a few pounds, so I started running," Black continued. "I had no background in running, but I started competing in shorter races like 5 K's and half marathons locally. My interest in competing just grew from there."

Now, Black is able to enjoy competing in both individual marathons as well as the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series with Howard-Boss Motorsports. Therefore, when you want to talk racing with Bob Black, be specific - man power or horsepower.

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