85-Year-Old Marathon Runner Beats the World Record for His Age Group by Nearly 40 Minutes

'One never knows when one has run one's last race, and I'll keep running as long as I can.'

Three hours, 56 minutes, and 33 seconds: That's how long it took Ed Whitlock to run the Toronto's Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon on Sunday.

He wasn't all that impressed with himself ("My goal was to run around 3:50," he told CBC News), but the rest of the world most definitely was — the 85-year-old had beat destroyed the previous world record for his age group by an incredible 38 minutes and 22 seconds!

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Whitlock is no stranger to world records. In fact, The Globe and Mail reports that the runner holds roughly three dozen of them, including age group records in everything from 1,500-meter races to marathons. To this day, he's the oldest man to run a marathon in less than three hours, a feat he accomplished in 2004 at the age of 72 .

What's his secret? Believe it or not, he doesn't follow any sort of strict training regimen ("I'm not sufficiently organized or ambitious to do all the things you're supposed to do if you're serious [about running]," he told Runner's World), but he has gone for a run nearly every day since he was 40.

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He's also worn the same pair of running shoes in every race for the last 20 or so years: "I wear them well past their due date," Whitlock told CBC News. "I'm not a fan of the current shoe design, and I have a small supply of this particular model of shoe."

Feeling slightly burned out after his most recent marathon, Whitlock isn't sure when his next race will be. But he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. "One never knows when one has run one's last race, and I'll keep running as long as I can," he said.

Now, how's that for some get-up-and-get-going motivation?

[h/t CBC News]

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