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Monday, April 16, 2007
From couch potato to marathon man in less than a year
By Judy Foreman, Globe Correspondent
Larry Haydu, 56, a licensed clinical social worker from Sudbury, finished yesterday’s marathon in 6 hours and 17 minutes.
Haydu, the subject of a story in today's Globe, trained and ran the marathon despite having had a heart attack 13 years ago.
He was part of a Tufts University research project to see if average people could go from completely sedentary to super fit in about 10 months.
Miriam Nelson, a Tufts nutritionist and the project's chief scientific consultant, said she spoke with Haydu shortly after he finished his run.
"He looked great," she said. I think he was really happy with his race."