Jared Fogle Inspiring as He Finishes NYC Marathon

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Jared Fogle may not be a name you immediately recognize, until it is pointed out that he is “Jared from Subway” or “The Subway Guy.” Once 425 pounds, the 33-year-old spokesman Sunday finished his first marathon in 5 hours, 13 minutes.

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"In the back of my mind I always said how cool it would be to do a marathon some day,” said Jared in last week’s Parade Magazine. “And last year I had a couple hiccups with my weight and I said, ‘You know what? I'm going to turn this into a positive. Let's do it now. Let's not wait years.' I really got recommitted to my health and fitness and found a trainer and said, 'Let's shoot for next November for my first marathon.'"

Fogle recently admitted that he had regained about 40 pounds since his famous 245-pound weight loss 10 years ago by trading out fatty fast food for lower-calorie Subway sandwiches. In addition to increasing his exercise with training for a marathon, he is cutting calories by reducing portion sizes and eliminating sauces and “things on the side.”

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Jared chose the 41st annual ING New York City Marathon and competed among 44,000 others, including celebrities such as Al Roker (Today Show) and Robin Quivers (Howard Stern) who both have also succeeded in their own weight battles. For his training, it is reported that Jared enlisted in the help of serious athletes such as Michael Phelps and 2009 NYC Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi. He states that although he walked quite a bit, he had “never run more than a mile in my life before this.”

Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopa won this year’s NYC marathon with at time of 2:08:14. Quivers finished in 6 hours 9 minutes and Roker finished at 7 hours 9 minutes. Chilean miner Edision Pena finished in 5 hours 40 minutes despite some medical issues along the way.

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In addition to continuing his role as “The Subway Guy”, Fogle established a foundation in 2004 called “The Jared Foundation” to teach kids healthy eating habits in an effort to help combat childhood obesity. Today more than 5 Million children in US between the ages of 6 and 17 years are overweight.

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