Legend: Ed Whitlock takes world record at 85 breaking the 4:00:00 in the marathon

October 17, 2016 0

Congratulations to Ed Whitlock on yet another world record.

Ed Whitlock, 85, continues to defy age and to break world records. On Sunday October 16 he beat the world record for age 85+ marathoners with a time of 3:56.38.
-Paul Gains.


Photo Credit: Todd Fraser/Canada Running Series

Ed Whitlock, Canadian long-distance runner was the first person over 70-years-of-age to run a marathon in less than three hours. He did so in 2003, finishing in the time of  2:59:10.3. At the age of 69 he ran a marathon in 2:52:47. At 73-year-of-age he ran 2:58:40.

He has set several other age-group world records including running 3:08:35, in 2006 which improved the 75-79 age-category.  He then lowered that standard to 3:04:54 on a day when the marathon was stopped after three and a half hours because of high temperature. It is suggested that the latter performance may have been his best and that he would likely have run under three hours if the temperatures were more suitable.

The age-grading formula suggests that his best performances equate to approximately 2:04:00 marathon at his peak, with 2:03:57 being the best grading. Although the grading accuracy is questionable, the older that the athlete gets, Whitlock continues to clearly out-gun previous notions of what age-related performances can be.


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