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Boston Marathon
Columbia's Lang completes marathon goal of 50-by-50
Columbia's Lang completes marathon goal of 50-by-50

Running one marathon is a bucket-list item. Completing 50 marathons before turning 50 is an arduous task that few would even think to attempt. But Phil Lang, a 47-year-old Columbia resident, not only set out on the journey 30 years ago, but decided to set the bar even higher. He aimed to finish each marathon, all 26.2 miles, in under three hours. Was Lang's goal crazy? "I've asked myself that for sure," said Lang, who caught the running bug when he was in high school at Oakland Mills. The 50-by-50 seed was planted during training runs with older members of the Howard County Striders. "When I was a young person, Joe Wasserman and Dave Tripp and all of...