DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jimmie Johnson has a lofty goal for the Boston Marathon: completing the grueling, 26.2-mile course in less than three hours.

The seven-time Cup Series champion plans to run the April 15 marathon two days after a 400-mile NASCAR race at Richmond Raceway.

The 43-year-old Johnson, an avid cyclist and fitness freak, has never attempted a marathon. He ran 22 miles once and has run 20 miles every Monday for the last five weeks. Attempting the Boston Marathon hadn't even been an option until NASCAR's schedule changed this year.

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