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Man with terminal lung disease finishes Seattle Marathon in under 11 hours

Evans Wilson , a former competitive runner, said he expected to finish the race in about 14 hours. (KOMO)

SEATTLE (KOMO) - A man with terminal lung disease beat his own expectations Sunday and finished the Seattle Marathon in 10 hours and 55 minutes.

He walked the entire 26.2 miles with his oxygen tank in tow, starting at about 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

Evans Wilson , a former competitive runner, said he expected to finish the race in about 14 hours. He says he used to be able to run a mile in under 5 minutes.

Wilson has pulmonary fibrosis (PF) and pulmonary hypertension. Simply put, that means his lungs are severely scarred and don't process oxygen very well.

The disease is progressive and irreversible.

He said his doctor discouraged him from participating in the race, but he decided to do it anyway.

“It’s not good for my heart to do marathon like work,” said Wilson. “My doctors have cleared me but they’re not thrilled about it.”


He walked the race to raise funds for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. His wife walked with him, also carrying an oxygen tank.

Wilson says the median survival rate for people living with both Pulmonary Fibrosis and Pulmonary Hypertension is about 3 years. He's lived with both diseases for about five years.

This was his first marathon. Read more here.

Click here to see more photos from the Seattle Marathon.


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