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Robert Bishton

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Name : Robert Bishton
Nick Name : Cowboy Jeff
Title : Director of Merchandise
Home : Florida, United StatesUnited States
Membership Date : 2014-02-14
Membership : Full
Number of Flag(s) : 5
Number of Continent completed : 7
Continent completed : Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, South America
Seven Continents Finisher : Yes
Number of Countries Completed : 50
Countries Completed :
Netherlands Netherlands, Czech Republic Czech Republic, Denmark Denmark, Antarctica Antarctica, Ecuador Ecuador, Egypt Egypt, Finland Finland, France France, Germany Germany, Greece Greece, Hungary Hungary, Iceland Iceland, Indonesia Indonesia, Ireland Ireland, Italy Italy, Jamaica Jamaica, Latvia Latvia, Lithuania Lithuania, Malaysia Malaysia, Morocco Morocco, Belgium Belgium, Norway Norway, Panama Panama, Philippines Philippines, Poland Poland, Bahamas Bahamas, Brazil Brazil, Bulgaria Bulgaria, Cambodia Cambodia, Australia Australia, Argentina Argentina, Canada Canada, Cayman Islands Cayman Islands, Chile Chile, Curaçao Curaçao, Portugal Portugal, Romania Romania, Singapore Singapore, Slovakia Slovakia, Spain Spain, Suriname Suriname, Sweden Sweden, Switzerland Switzerland, Thailand Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States, Vietnam Vietnam, Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S., Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Last Update Date : 2016-03-08

Robert Bishton is the founding board member who managed the task of having a singlet and badges designed and produced for our club. He ran his first marathon in October 2004 at age 54. Several years prior he had made another of many resolutions to lose weight. This time he started off with daily 5-mile (8km) walks that morphed in walk-jogs and finally running. Over an eight month period he lost 60lbs. (27kg) and was running on a treadmill to maintain the loss. “I use to watch the New York City marathon on TV every year, and when my walks changed to jogs and then runs, I began to fantasize running the NYC marathon.” He didn't gradually work his way up to the distance with 5 or 10-K's, or even a half marathon, before he ran the Baltimore Marathon and finished in 3:56.

Since January of 2006, Robert has been widely known as Cowboy or Cowboy Jeff. That came about when he went to Phoenix, Arizona, to run a marathon that finished on the campus of Arizona State University where he was graduated in 1972. Robert went to a student supplies store to buy a hat to shade his face during the race and ended up buying a cowboy hat with a patch of the university's mascot on the front and during the marathon he heard so many spectators encouraging him on with shouts of “Go Sun Devil” and “Go cowboy,” he realized cheering spectators were a perfect substitute for family members who couldn't travel with him. Although he has gone through many various types and colors of cowboy hats in the last eleven years, he is approached at virtually every event by one or more runners who report that they ran with him during a marathon somewhere or had met and spoken with him before or after the race.

A list of noteworthy accomplishments include:

a) He is a multi-50 States and Seven Continents finisher. As a Globetrotter, he earned his 50 Countries badge at the Victoria Falls Marathon, Zimbabwe, in June 2015. (see above photo)
b) He has run sub-4 hour marathons in all 50-States and in Washington DC. He is only the second known runner to complete this achievement after passing age 60.
c) At the age of 61, he completed the Savage Seven, a 7-marathons in 7-days event run that year on a 400 meter track and two of the finishes were sub-4:00. The following weekend he ran two additional sub-4's. So, during that 15-day span, he ran 9-marathons, of which four were under 4:00. During his 11 years of running over 330 marathons, he has completed almost half of them with sub-4:00 times and garnered well over 100 Top 3 age-group awards.
d) He has a current streak going in which he has run at least a marathon every month for the past 10-years.

Robert's globetrotting started in 2008 when one of his brothers suggested that he set a goal to run marathons in all the countries they had lived in or visited while his father was a diplomat with the Foreign Service. He was born in Ireland and another brother was born in Thailand, and all of his four siblings and father thought this was a great idea because Robert could see if their homes were still there, visit remembered sites, etc., and report back to the family. There were well over a dozen countries on this list and when his father passed away in 2011, Robert was just three shy of reaching the goal. He had promised his father that he would finish the list and did so when he ran Bangkok, Thailand (2012), Jakarta, Indonesia (2013), and Da Nang, Vietnam (2014).