A Marathon of a birthday

Savannah Chastain

Penny Missirlian of Fort Collins, Colorado went walking through Destin for her 60th birthday; 26.2 miles to be exact. Missirlian walked from her town house in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort to HarborWalk Village and back again in order to successfully walk a marathon.

“When I was here in March I said, ‘I’m going to do a marathon for my birthday,’” she said. “Instead of beaching it or drinking it I decided I’m walking it.”

Missirlian and her husband started walking at 6:11 a.m. on July 3, and by 1 p.m. had made it to Bad Ass Coffee on Scenic Gulf Drive to stop for a water break.

“People think I’m crazy walking, but I don’t mind the heat and I don’t mind walking,” said Missirlian. “My goal is to get home, go and get a pedicure then my husband is taking me to Flemming’s for dinner. I get a reward.”