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Dedicated Runner Continues 40-Year-Old Streak

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 30, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM UTC
Jon Simpson is one of six runners who have at least a 40-year streak. Photo: Wall Street Journal

Jon Simpson is one of six runners who have at least a 40-year streak. Photo: Wall Street Journal

He’s run at least a mile every day for four decades.

Jon Simpson isn’t your everyday hobby jogger. Since August 30, 1971, he has gone running every day.

That’s a 40-year streak.

A retired dentist, Simpson, who lives with his wife in Memphis, headed out on Tuesday and covered the same four loops in 33 minutes. He is only the sixth person in the United States who has run at least one mile every day for 40 years.

“I live a pretty mundane life,” he admits. ”I’m just glad to get my first 40 under my belt,” he joked.

Running streaks in the United States have been tracked by the U.S. Running Streak Association since 2001. There are 286 registrants on its books–registrants that have run every day for at least a year.

The longest streak belongs to Mark Covert, a 60-year-old college track coach. He has run an “unaided” mile every day since July 23, 1968!

In order to pull that streak off, Covert has had to put up with rattlesnakes, a broken ankle, and minor knee surgery.

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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.

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