Since Zdeno Chara retired from the NHL in 2022, he has totally jumped into distance working. Now, Chara, 46, has earned himself a Boston qualifying time (BQ) by working a three-hour and 16-minute marathon at Baystate Marathon in Lowell, Mass.
In solely his third marathon, Chara ran an eight-minute private finest of three:16:36, which is three and a half minutes below the Boston Marathon qualifying time for his 45-49 age group.
Chara made his marathon debut in Boston final April as a celeb charity runner, the place he accomplished the race in a really respectable time of three:38:23; he additionally raised USD $33,333 for The Hoyt Basis throughout his marketing campaign.
He adopted up his marathon debut with a 50K extremely, the place he positioned eighth total. And simply two weeks earlier than his Baystate Marathon, Chara ran a 3:24 on the 2023 Maine Marathon.
Chara holds the all-time NHL file for many video games performed by a defenceman, with 1,680. Chara performed for 4 groups over his 20+ yr profession, beginning with the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals.
At this price, it’s solely a matter of time till the six-foot-nine future Corridor of Fame defencemen goes sub-three. Nevertheless, regardless of hitting the qualification mark, he should wait to use for Boston till subsequent yr because the 2024 marathon window is closed.
The cut-off time for the 2024 Boston Marathon was the very best for a non-pandemic yr. Every athlete accepted into the 2024 race needed to be 5 minutes and 29 seconds quicker than the BQ time for his or her age bracket.