BOSTON (CBS) — Boston Police Commissioner and avid runner William Evans hit a new milestone Sunday, running his 50th marathon.'It Was Shocking': American Flag Torn Down, Stolen From Pulaski Park In Boston
“Not bad for an old guy,” Evans said.
He thanked organizers of the race, which comprised of 26.2 miles up the scenic Maine coastline.
“I knew it was gonna be a beautiful race to run and it was,” Evans said. “Can’t say enough about the great sights. You run by all the beaches and the scenery was awesome.”READ MORE: No Powerball Winner, Jackpot Climbs To $570 Million
The commissioner had been planning on running this year’s Boston Marathon as his 50th race, but pulled out after the Brussels attacks raised security concerns. He said he loves the Boston Marathon, but doesn’t regret that it wasn’t his 50th.
“As much as I would’ve loved to run Boston, I just couldn’t do it,” Evans said. “The safety of the city always comes first. Running is a passion for me but keeping people safe is always my top priority.”
Evans runs marathons on Team MR8, the Martin Richard Foundation’s running team, created to honor the memory of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“I’m very proud that the family includes me in running in their club,” Evans told Runner’s World in February. “It’s a good way to remember Martin. I think he’ll always be special in this city.”MORE NEWS: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
Evans said completing 50 marathons was a goal he put on his bucket list about five years ago, and said completing that goal was “extremely gratifying.”