Meet Fort Lauderdale’s Marathon Man

He has been running for the past 32 years.

Sometimes he’s wearing neon streamers on the run; other times he’s seen in a bow tie and jacket, but one thing’s for sure about Fort Lauderdale’s Dennis Marsella: he’s always out there.

The Sun Sentinel recently profiled this prolific runner, known as the “marathon man” or “Coatman.”

At 62, Coatman has been running marathons for the past 32 years.

His next 26.2-mile race will be New York this November — his 28th.

“The Coatman has been around a long time, I know that,” says Bart Yasso of Runner’s World. “There are people that come and go that do this stuff, jugglers and people that wear costumes. They do mostly fade away.”

Marsella is more than just a “stunt runner.” He’s posted respectable times in the marathon (from 3:55 to 4:10).

To help make ends meet, Marsella recently signed a contract to carry a Realtor’s sign during his runs.

“Right now, I’ve got a great life,” Marsella said. “I train and study.”

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