HARTFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — Winston Howell started running at what used to be Hartford High School when he was a 9th grader.
Since then he’s run in more than 1,8000 races and started multiple of his own.
Every morning Howell goes to the Hartford Recreational Park to walk or run.
In the spirit of sharing his passion for running with his community he began creating races back in the 1970’s.
The 43rd Annual Winston Howell/Hartford Fire Rescue 5K is on Saturday, March 13.
Howell says running has changed his life.
“It helped me get to travel and go places and meet good people and everything,” Howell said. “Got me off of them drugs and drinking. Doing a lot, helping people, helping these kids around here.”
Howell has completed 12 marathons and is a member of the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame.
“I’ve ran 1,823 races,” Howell said. “I keep a training diary. I started to keep a diary. Every day I write it down and races I run in people that run my races, I put them down.”
Between all of those races, he’s run over 38,000 miles.
Hartford Mayor Neil Strickland will soon be added to Howell’s diary as he is participating in the race this year.
Proceeds from the race will benefit Hartford Fire Rescue.
Registration starts Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 9 a.m.