Paul Ryan Time Calculator appears online

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  September 4, 2012 04:36 PM

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Runners dissatisfied with their marathon time need look no further than the latest Internet gizmo to get better in a flash.

The Paul Ryan Time Calculator has made its debut, a response to the vice-presidential candidate's recent fib about his finish time in a marathon. Users enter a time, choose a distance, and set their gender, and the interactive reduces the time along the same proportions Ryan did in a recent interview when asked about his running history.

Ryan claimed he ran a marathon in less than three hours. However, Runner's World magazine fact-checked his boast and found he had only ever run one marathon, and it took him more than four hours.

Ryan fessed up over the weekend.

The Paul Ryan Time Calculator was created by Erik Westlund, a graduate student in Baltimore who is also a high school cross-country and track coach.

"I was in the middle of reading a stack of boring research articles when the idea popped in my head. I thought it would be funny, certainly more funny than the endless back and forth of angry people on the Internet saying, 'Yes, it matters! He's a liar!'," Westlund said.

Westlund said it took him a few hours to create.

"Today it's kind of blown up beyond my expectations," he said.

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