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Brain Tumor Not Slowing Down Marathoner

The 48-year-old wants to qualify for Boston.

The 48-year-old wants to qualify for Boston.

Bob Oshefsky has run 11 editions of the Chicago Marathon, but this upcoming one will be especially memorable for him. The Chicago Sun Times profiled the 48-year-old resident of Lake View, Ill., who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last year.

With a diagnosis such as this, this could be Oshefsky’s last Chicago Marathon, but he isn’t letting his condition sour his attitude.

“When I leave here, I personally don’t believe it’ll be brain cancer, because I’m not … going to change my risk profile on things that I would do. If I want to go ziplining, I’ll go ziplining. In all likelihood, I’ll probably get hit by a bus before this brain cancer can take me out,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of life to live.”

For Oshefsky, his primary goal in Chicago is run faster than 3:20 so he can qualify for the 2014 Boston Marathon. His current PR is eight minutes slower than this mark.