"The inspiration of having all those Marines around the route, starting at Arlington National Cemetery, realizing the incredible sacrifices people have made so that I could run through the streets of Washington," Huckabee told the Associated Press after he finished. "It was incredible. I couldn't give up."
Huckabee lost 110 pounds and transformed his life by taking personal responsibility for his eating and exercise habits, turning his experience into a personal crusade to draw attention to America's health and health care crisis which costs the taxpayers billions annually.
"It's not just because I want to come out here and run," Huckabee said. "I want to encourage other people. They don't think they could walk from the far end of the Wal-Mart parking lot, but they could."
Huckabee wrote a top-selling book based upon his experience titled Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork (available here).
As chairman of the National Governor's Association Huckabee launched his national "Healthy America" initiative last month. You can listen to his speech to the National Press Club, at which he announced the launch of the initiative, here.
This is Huckabee's second marathon this year. In May, he completed the Little Rock Marathon in a very respectable time of 4 hours, 38 minutes, 59 seconds.
When asked why he chose to train for and run marathons, Huckabee said "It's not just because I want to come out here and run. I want to encourage other people. They don't think they could walk from the far end of the Wal-Mart parking lot, but they could."