Tyson Park running barefoot during the 2018 Boston Marathon/Tyson Park/Courtesy Meet the oldest runners in the 2023 Boston Marathon By Boston.com Ten years ago, Tyson Park ran his first Boston Marathon. The then-71-year-old had spent about four years looking for ways to improve his health, including by going on hikes and changing his diet. Eventually, he decided to enter Boston’s 26.2-mile race. And with the unique opinion that the comfort shoes provided took away from the challenge of the marathon, Park decided to run barefoot. He was a few hours into his run, nearing the Citgo sign, when he cut his foot. Ten to 15 minutes later, he said, the first of two bombs went off near the marathon finish line. Had he not sliced his foot, which led to a decreased pace, Park believes he would have been within the vicinity of the explosions. Now, 10 years and 10 consecutive Boston Marathons later, Park will be oldest male runner in the 127th race at 81 years, 9 months, and 8 days old come Monday. To continue reading, please visit (scroll to the Tyson Park heading): https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-marathon/2023/04/13/2023-boston-marathon-oldest-runners/ Meet the oldest runners in the 2023 Boston Marathon Boston.com Now, decades after her first race walking competition in Berlin, ... took away from the challenge of the marathon, Park decided to run barefoot.