At 80, Ed Whitlock Running Rotterdam Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 7, 2011
  • Updated Apr. 7, 2011 at 7:28 AM UTC
At 80, Ed Whitlock continues to push the pace. Photo: Runner's World

At 80, Ed Whitlock continues to push the pace. Photo: Runner's World

He is hoping to run a negative-split race there next week.

If you think it’s hard to run a sub-3-hour marathon, think about doing it at the age of 74. This incredible performance was achieved by Canada’s Ed Whitlock seven years ago. He is the oldest person to have broken the three-hour barrier. Now at the age of 80, Whitlock will be running the Rotterdam Marathon next week.

He recently sat down with Amby Burfoot from Runner’s World and talked about what it’s like to run a marathon as an octogenarian.

“It doesn’t feel any different. In fact, it doesn’t feel any different from when I was running more middle distances on the track in my 40s,” he said. ”I don’t notice anything until I look at a clock, and that clearly tells me that some years have gone by.”

At Rotterdam,Whitlock originally had expectations to run in the 3:20s, but has been fighting a cold. “I’m just hoping I feel good, and [if] we have good conditions I’ll probably start at a somewhat modest pace, and hope to run a negative-splits race,” he said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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