Menu

At 80, Ed Whitlock Keeps On Running

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 29, 2011
Even at the age of 80, Ed Whitlock continues to run marathons. Photo: Running Bolder

Even at the age of 80, Ed Whitlock continues to run marathons. Photo: Running Bolder

He will be competing in the Toronto Marathon this October.

When he was 73, Canada’s Ed Whitlock ran a marathon under three hours. Since then, he’s gone on to set most of the world records for senior’s long-distance running (13 total).

He’s now 80 and continues to run: fast.

“I don’t find all this training particularly enjoyable, it’s kind of a drudge,” Whitlock admits. “I saw a joint specialist and her verdict was that my running days were over, but you don’t necessarily have to take the expert’s verdict. I’ve basically done nothing at all to treat it, just take a rest.”

This October, Whitlock will be running the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon in Toronto.

Here are some of Whitlock’s secrets to his longevity: He doesn’t stretch or do yoga; he runs solo for as much as three hours a day; and does not pay attention to his diet.

“I don’t measure my pace or anything like that. I just try and run conservatively and not pound my knees,” he said.

For More: The National Post

FILED UNDER: News TAGS: / / / / / / / /

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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.

Get our best running content delivered to your inbox

Subscribe to the FREE Competitor Running weekly newsletter