Rep. Allen West completed the half-marathon at the Palm Beaches Marathon Festival this weekend at a time that places his half-marathon ability somewhere between Sarah Palin and Oprah.
West was showing off the thighs during the race -- possibly NSFW picture can be found here -- cruising to a final time of 2:05:49, just a little over a minute shy of the 74-year-old gentleman who won the 70-and-over age group.
After the race, West announced he was "doggone tired" and also dropped an "lol" in his Facebook status.
"Ran 1/2 marathon in Palm Beach Marathon this am," West said. "At 50 yrs old I'm still keepin' up, but I'm doggone tired, going to rest & take aspirin lol."
West's time was almost 20 minutes slower than Palin's last half-marathon, which the 47-year-old ran unannounced in Iowa in September.
Former President George W. Bush, more of a marathon kind of guy, has a personal-best time in a full marathon of 3:44:52 -- a much faster pace than West's.
Still, West is faster than Oprah was in her prime. We could find only one half-marathon time for Oprah, who was clocked at 2:16 back in 1993, almost a full ten minutes slower than the congressman.
In other West-related news, he also posted to his Facebook about the whole Herman Cain situation, apparently unhappy we all repeated what he said and -- again -- invoking a theory involving "black men":
The media is trying to put me against Herman Cain. I guess its good for them to see two black men against each other. The facts are I am not telling Cain to step down. That is his decision and his only. What I said is the media focus on these incidents and "alleged affairs" are a distraction, and we as a country need to move on from this subject and get the focus on what the GOP contenders can seriously do for this country.
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