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December 13, 2012

50 marathons in 50 states

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For this, he holds the unenviable honor of being a “Marathon Maniac.” To qualify does not require specific times — just finish your races. Although Goolkasian’s times are impressive (best marathon time is 2:55), the real “victory” is enjoying the lifestyle.

His weekly training regimen includes 11 miles swimming, 190 miles on the bike and 33 miles of road running.

A year ago, he was in Haiti with a church youth group on yet another mission, building homes and working inside a clinic. Goolkasian is also a guidance coach for the Big Brother Association, a role equal in stature as his endurance runs.

While in Haiti, he ran every day in the heat and, by week’s end, was joined by nine Haitian boys.

His favorite quote is but three words: “Livin’ the dream.”

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Photographer and writer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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