Thoughtful Thursdays: Young at Heart

December 30, 2010 § 1 Comment

by Jason Jaksetic

The British Department for Work and Pensions announced today that more than 10 million people currently living in Britain will live to see their 100th birthdays.  Half of this population on track to reach the century mark is currently between the ages of 16 and 50.

We guess that the British government has gotten word of Spartan Races’ presence in the UK.  The increased vitality achieved through the fitness demands of our races is starting to ripple through the social fabric of England.

They are currently adjusting their fiscal plans to accommodate pensions that will need to cover individuals who will spend as much as one third of their lives in retirement.

Interestingly, there is a “Centenarian Clerk” at the Department for Work and Pensions whose job it is to make sure 100-year old birthday boys and girls receive a card from the Queen.

We are planning on offering any centenarian Spartan complimentary entry into their next Spartan event.

It’s not a joke.  We fully except it to happen one day.

We all should take a moment to acknowledge the incredible feats of fitness that have been achieved by our respected elders.

Bob McKeague finished the Ironman World Championships in Kona with a time of 16:21:55 at age 80.  Plenty of younger folk finished after him in the race that included a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run.

In 2003 Fauja Singh set the marathon record for over 90-year-olds with a time of 5:40:00. He did his first marathon at age 90 and finished one in 2005 at 94.  He’s still running strong at 98.

The current record for 70+ marathon is held by Ed Whitlock at 2:59:10.  A pace that most of the population can’t come close to doing a 5k in.

So, don’t ever think it’s too late to start training!  It’s just not a viable excuse.

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§ One Response to Thoughtful Thursdays: Young at Heart

  • Mark Chesser says:

    Ed Whitlock is a freak of nature. While I admire his ability to run like the wind, I’m not sure I’d want him next to me in a phalanx. Or to be the one climbing up the ladder to carry me down from a second story window. Still, he’d race my a$$ into the ground any day. But I think I’d take him in a wrestling match… 😉

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