BLAINE, Wash.—Here is one way to define determination.
Thirty-nine years ago, British-born Trevor Hoskins was celebrating his second July 4 in the states at a pig roast in Akron, where he handled international public relations for Goodyear.
After “too much food and drink,” he and two friends decided to run 50,000 miles.
“The next day we staggered around Firestone High School,” Hoskins, 80, recalls. “One guy packed it in after three days. The other guy quit after three weeks.”
Hoskins pushed on—through snowstorms and sub-zero weather, 100-degree temperatures, in more than 45 countries and 60 cities as his work with Goodyear and later Bridgestone/Firestone took him around the world. Despite sprained ankles, a broken nose when he fell on ice, being held at gunpoint twice overseas, he never stopped.
Until June 19, when the retiree ran a mile, greeted at the end by friends and family, at the Semiahmoo Resort Community near Blaine, about two hours north of Seattle.
That's an average of 3.5 miles a day, a distance of twice around the world. Along the way he ran seven marathons, including in Cleveland three times; Columbus, Ohio, twice; and Nashville, Tenn., and Victoria, British Colombia, once. He also ran 20 half-marathons—which his wife preferred he do, saying “I looked better at the end”—and many 10K and 5K, 10-mile and 5-mile races.