On 8/2-5, 2007 the USATF Masters Outdoor Track Championships are being held in Orono ME. So, I thought I’d share some things about older running.
I’m not sure how many out there follow world age group running. Most of us know our competition just over in the next town and those who show up for the local 5K series. Well, I wanted to bring some attention to age group records… and propose that we aren’t getting slower as fast as you think!
The age 41 mile world record (WR) is by Eamon Coughlin – 3:58.13 (indoors).
The age 40 5000 meter WR is 13:43.15 by Mohammed Ezzher from France. And age 50 is 14:53.2 by Michael Hager of Great Britain.
The women’s 55-59 WR is 2:31.73. That same woman, Kathy Martin, ran American records (AR) for the mile, 5:27.89 and 3000, 10:35.76.
How about running a 42.10 for 200 meters…in the 90-94 age group! That’s what Bob Matteson did.
Former collegiate, Olympic and international stars have continued to run and demonstrating that you do not have to slow down so fast! Alisa Harvey at 40 years old ran 2:08.05 for 800 meters and an AR.
John Hinton at 45 run a 3:56.39 WR 1500. Nolan Shaheed at 55 ran a 4:42.7 mile for the AR. And it’s not just the men. Mary Louise Michelsohn ran a 6:16.28 AR in the mile at 65 years young. Better yet, how about he first 70 year old woman to break the 7:00 mile! That’s what Jeanne Daprano did in running a WR 6:47.75 while breaking the former record of 7:15!
It’s not just track events either. The marathon age 40 record is 2:08:46 by Andres Espinosa, MEX and Kjell-Erik Stahl has the 45 standard at 2:15:51; and 50? …2:19:29 by Titus Mambolo from South Africa.
Check here for official lists if you are interested: http://world-masters-athletics.org/records_output/rec_list_outdoor_m.php