PORTHENRY-David V. Bruce, a 69-year-old native of Port Henry, will compete in the Boston Marathon April 18.
He said achieving a qualifying time, which is determined by a racer's age and gender, felt terrific.
"It gives you a feeling of achievement, a feeling of being able to do something you wanted to do for a long time," Bruce said.
He said he wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon for some time but was unable to dedicate sufficient energy to it because of other commitments.
"I had started running 25 years ago and this was a goal that I had," Bruce said. "I was working full-time and as a result I didn't have the extra time to really run the way I wanted to or thought I could."
Now training continuously, he runs between 40 and 50 miles a week. Bruce said his athleticism was motivated by a desire for the health benefits which accompany an active lifestyle.
"I'm nearly 70 years old," Bruce said. "I do not want to find myself sitting in a nursing home because I missed the opportunity to maintain my health through running."
Bruce said he wanted to run the Boston Marathon in honor of two recently deceased local residents: Barbara Armstrong of Moriah and Anthony Morette of Ticonderoga. Both runners, Armstrong succumbed to cancer in 2009 and Morette was killed in a hit-and-run accident the same year.