81-Year-Old Marathoner Breaks World Record
Shaves 16 minutes off with 3:30 time
Ed Whitlock, 81, shattered his age-group’s world record on Sunday at the Toronto Marathon, running a 3:30:26, 16 minutes faster than the previous record time. “On finishing I wasn’t that fatigued; the problem was that my legs had prevented me running properly,” Whitlock wrote to Runner’s World Newswire. “I put this down to the fact that I didn’t have a long enough period of high-mileage training before the race and the lack of race practice—it was only my third race this year because of my injury problems.” Whitlock says he is still recovering from breaking a rib last year after slipping on some icy steps outside of his house. He ran last year’s Toronto Marathon in just 3:15:53, breaking his own 80+ world record.
Via Runners World