Never Quit: Orville Rogers Still Running At 95

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 11, 2013
  • Updated Apr. 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM UTC
Five years short of 100, Orville Rogers defies the odds. Photo: USA Today

No obstacle gets in his way.

To even contemplate running 3000m at 95 years of age may seem like a leap, but not so for Orville Rogers.

He’s not giving in to his years.

According to a report posted on the USATF website, Rogers clocked a 30:19 for that distance at the National Masters Indoor Championships last month in Landover, Md.

In that same series, Rogers, who was born in the last year of World War I, also broke the tape in the 400m, 60m, and 1600m.

“I didn’t have a lot of competition when I ran,” Rogers said. “My times are a testament to the way I train.”

Worth mentioning is the fact that Rogers suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed two years ago.

“At my age there is no one to look for guidance or help,” Roger said. “There is no coaching available to a 95-year-old because there had never been [anyone who competed at this level] before. So I had to devise my own interval training schedule.”

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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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