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.

Ed Whitlock, 85, breaks world record for marathon in his age group by 40 minutes. Photo via Twitter
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.

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