80 year old, Ed Whitlock, sets world record for the marathon in 3:15:54
80 year old Whitlock breaks own age-class world record in marathon
World-class performance. Ed Whitlock
Much like he did with his age-class competitors, Ed Whitlock left his old world record in the proverbial dust at the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
Decimating the 3 hour 25 minute 40 second finish Whitlock delivered this past spring in Rotterdam, the ageless wonder set a new world marathon record in the 80-and-over division — completing the 26.2 mile marathon course in a cool 3:15.54.
Not only did Whitlock crush his old benchmark and beat his closest 70-and-up challenger by nearly 13 minutes, but he was faster than anyone in the next two younger age groups.
Whitlock’s performance highlights a season in which the local long distance runner has set numerous world records in his new 80-and-up class — including two (1,500m and 10,000m) at the World Masters Track and Field Championships this summer in Sacramento, California.