Rep. Allen West Finishes Marathon Race
U.S. Rep. Allen West competed in the eighth annual Palm Beaches Marathon in Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida Sunday, according to The Palm Beach Post
With more than 20 years in the Army, the retired lieutenant colonel was not too worried about his time; he just wanted to finish.
“Twenty-two years in the military wears on the knees,” said West.
To stay in shape, West credits a healthy diet and exercise.
“I get up at 5:30 in the morning, do five or six miles, then push ups and crunches. I eat pretty good, lots of fruit, try to eat healthy.”
West said he enjoys the Palm Beaches marathon because it is so “well-run,” and because it gives him the opportunity to meet his district in a friendly, competitive environment that helps to level the playing field.
“I can’t think of a better thing to do than run with your constituents,” he says. “It shows that I’m not any better than any of them. Also, it shows that health care is an individual, personal responsibility. South Florida is conducive to staying fit. The lifestyle works for walking, running, what have you.”
The competitive Congressman is already planning on running a marathon in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida early next year and maybe another in Miami.