Ed Whitlock


Ed Whitlock

Ed Whitlock (born March 6, 1931) is a long-distance runner, and the first person over 70 years old to run a marathon in less than three hours with a time of 2:59:10 in 2003.

Whitlock, who ran as a teenager and took the sport back up again in his 40s, first became the oldest person to run a marathon in less than 3 hours in 2000 at age 69 with a time of 2:52:47. Since then, he has continued to extend this record, most recently to age 74 with a time of 2:58:40. His best time since turning 70 was 2:54:48 at age 73, the world record for men 70 to 74. In 2006 he set the world record for the 75 to 79 age group with a time of 3:08:35 at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. [ [http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/news/Sep_25_06.htm STWM News September 25, 2006 ] ] and in the Rotterdam Marathon on April 15, 2007, Ed lowered that mark to 3:04:54.

Whitlock also competes on the track, he currently (2007) holds 13 world age group records ranging in distances from 1500m to 10,000m and age groups 65+, 70+ and 75+. [ [http://www.world-masters-athletics.org WMA->World Masters Athletics<-WMA ] ]

Whitlock was born in London, England, and later moved to Canada to pursue an engineering career. He now resides in Milton, Ontario.

References

* [http://www.runningtimes.com/issues/04apr/whitlock.htm Ed Whitlock: Age Group Ace] , "Running Times", April 2004
* [http://www.runnersweb.com/running/rw_news_frameset.html?http://www.runnersweb.com/running/news/rw_news_20040927_TWM.html Athletics: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon] , "RunnersWeb", September 27, 2004


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