Palin: I Can Beat Obama... in a Foot Race

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2009 7:55 PM CDT
This photo provided by 'Runner's World' magazine shows Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in a yoga pose near her home in Wasilla, Alaska.   (AP Photo/Runner's World, Brian Adams)
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(Newser) – Lifelong runner Sarah Palin tells Runner's World magazine that she could beat Barack Obama in a long-distance race. "I betcha I'd have more endurance," she says in response to a question. "If you ever talk to my old coaches they'd tell you, too. What I lacked in physical strength or skill I made up for in determination and endurance. So if were a long race that required a lot of endurance I'd win."

She notes that she and the president both share a love of basketball, and she's game for a one-on-one match there, too. "He towers over me and I wouldn't be complaining about an unfair advantage there, but maybe I'd do better playing H-O-R-S-E." Elsewhere, Palin says she suffered a bad fall while jogging just before the VP debate. "You could see a big fat ugly Band-Aid on my right hand. ... For much of the campaign, shaking hands was a little bit painful."

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