During Major League Fishing’s August filming at Chautauqua Lake in Western New York, a ritual took place each evening as the sun was setting. A lone runner would pass Major League Fishing’s lakeside studio set, pacing himself at a steady clip. He would glance over at the set and wave enthusiastically if anyone noticed that he was running by.
That lone runner was angler Aaron Martens, and he was training for the Philadelphia Marathon that would take place less than two months after completion of the Chautauqua event. Martens ran every day, anywhere from five to 12 miles. Even after spending all day fishing competitively or filming production work, the early evening hours still meant one thing – a training run.
Martens, a six-time B.A.S.S. winner with 55 Top Ten finishes, began running in 2011 and began serious marathon training this past summer.
In the beginning, he took what he considered a long run one day – the object was to see how far he could go. His run was 3.5 miles – not bad but not exactly marathon material. “That’s the best I could do. It was slow, and I couldn’t go a step farther,” he said.
But soon the distances increased and the pace was faster. By August of this year, the marathon training was on schedule. Martens had a brief setback in late October, a bout of walking pneumonia that coincided with Major League Fishing’s second fall filming, at Lake Istokpoga in Florida. But after the brief illness knocked him down for the better part of two weeks, he recovered and competed in Philadelphia.