Ed Whitlock of Milton, Ontario, has been setting distance records on the track and roads for decades, and became the first (and only) human to break 3 hours in the marathon past 70 — 2 hours, 54 minutes and 48 seconds at 73.Now he’s topped himself. Sunday in Toronto, he shattered the 4-hour barrier by running 26.2 miles in 3:56:33 — at age 85.
Whitlock “ran in a 30-year-old singlet and 15-year-old Brooks shoes … going through the halfway mark at 1:54:34,” according to one report. “He says that he went out a bit too hard but still maintained an overall average pace of 5:36 per kilometre.” That’s 9:02 per mile average.
The previous world record for men 85-89 was 4:34:55 by Australia’s Robert Horman in 2004.
— Michal Kapral (@mkapral) October 16, 2016
— OnlyAtoms (@onlyatoms) October 17, 2016
— Mark Kleanthous (@ironmatemark) October 17, 2016
What does an 85 year old do the day after setting another world record for running the marathon in 3:57? "Suffer." Ed Whitlock is the best.
— Matt Galloway (@mattgallowaycbc) October 17, 2016
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