Difficult things we do immediately; impossible tasks just take a little longer.
After running over 15,000 miles and more than 140 races, including 40 full and half marathons, all after age 55, the impossible became possible for a former overweight, out-of-shape, 33-year smoker who ran his first 26.2-mile full marathon at age 57.
From his early life growing up in rural Pennsylvania as the oldest of seven children, through a life-long career as an advertising agency executive, to eventually becoming an avid runner, Art Zimmerman's personal life journey will inspire and encourage runners and nonrunners alike to reach beyond their own expectations and self-imposed limits.
Through the eyes of an addicted, late-in-life runner, Run for Your Life chronicles how difficult challenges can be overcome with enough motivation, dedication, and perseverance-like running a marathon, even at age 72.
Art Zimmerman was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1945 and grew up a few miles away in the small town of Aston. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Penn State University in 1967 before beginning a lifelong advertising agency career in Pittsburgh, New York City, and Charleston, South Carolina. He has been a partner in his own ad agency, ZMA, since 1998. In 2001, he became an avid runner and has finished several marathons. He and his wife, Kathy, have three married children and reside in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.