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Octogenarian Runners – Hurrah!

edwhitlocktorontoThree cheers for truly senior runners!

My last Boston, darn it!  That was the subject of a previous blog.  And, indeed, I have promised my beloved Margie that, from now on, I will limit my competitive runs to half-marathons or less.

But then, just last week, I read that Canadian Ed Whitlock, 85 years old, three years my senior, not only had run the Toronto Waterfront Marathon but had done it in the amazing time of 3 hours, 56 minutes.  I did my last marathon, in Boston last April, in  6 hours and 8 minutes.  And I was, relatively, a  puppy of 81!

The last time I beat 4 hours was in Los Angeles in 2007 — 3 hours, 58 minutes.  I was then just 72 years old — 13 years younger than Ed Whitlock is now.  Age makes a huge difference!

As Whitlock, a retired mining engineer, told The New York Times:  “I believe people can do far more than they think they can.”  But he adds:  “You have to be idiot enough to try it.”

How does Whitlock train?  He runs laps around a Toronto cemetery (!) for three to three-and-a-half hours at a time.  I can’t imagine the boredom!  I almost always run by myself but I make a point of varying my routes in our Hawaii Kai neighborhood.  And I never go out without a headset affixed to my trusty iPhone radio, listening to news or talk shows on Hawaii Public Radio.  Perhaps Ed finds comfort in quiet — which surely a cemetery has in abundance!  I can understand that.

Perhaps most of all I appreciate Ed’s providing an example that there are some folks out there even nuttier than I am.

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One thought on “Octogenarian Runners – Hurrah!

  1. Pat Fox says:

    Hi Kit– And Ed Whitlock is so cute, scrawny, and HAPPY! So are you! Senior doers of just about anything are so interesting and worth while to be around. Keep up the keeping up, it gives a zing to all of us. Aloha, Pat Did I mention you are the answer to my security question on an online account, “what is the first name of your first boyfriend?” I put Kit (6th or 7th grade you took me to a movie at Kuhio theatre) although I did have a brief one-sided crush in 5th grade on Tony Guerrero, Peaches Guerrero’s adorable tawny little son.

    Sent from my iPad

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