Older adults who need exercise but believe running is out of the question should think again. Many people over 65 run regularly, and some have even made a name for themselves by running in marathons and setting records. Bridgewater live-in home caregivers discuss the lives of 4 amazing elderly marathon runners whose accomplishments can serve as inspiration for seniors everywhere.
1. Bob Dolphin
This 87-year-old retiree has completed over 500 marathons in his lifetime, and his wife Lenore has been a volunteer at almost every race he has competed in. In addition to the support he gets from his loving wife, Dolphin also claims the marathons keep him mentally stimulated and healthy. As a trained entomologist, he enjoys studying insects during his longer practice runs.
2. Ed Whitlock
During the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, this 85-year-old smashed the world record in his age class. The previous record was just over 4:30, but this Ontario resident stunned the world with a time of 3:56:33. During a 2010 interview with Runner’s World, he stated it was the competition that kept him going. He plans to keep running in the upcoming years and hopefully break the world record once again.
3. Larry Macon
Between 2012 and 2013, Larry Macon was able to break the world record for the most marathons run in a single year. By the end of the season, Macon completed 239 official marathons in just 365 days. In addition to being in his late 60s at the time, what makes this record even more amazing is the fact Macon did not run a single marathon until 1996, and he was able to beat the world record after 17 years of rigorous training.
4. Tom Knoll
When it comes to endurance events, few people are as famous or revered as Tom Knoll. This marathoner has completed countless endurance challenges over the years, including ultramarathons and Ironman triathlons. He has also raised millions of dollars for charities, and continues to push himself to the limit for organizations like the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Challenged Athletes Foundation. Now 84, he believes much of his success is the result of training alongside runners who are often half his age.
If your loved one is unable to run but still needs encouragement to exercise in other ways, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can help your loved one maintain a regular exercise routine, and they can also assist with a wide array of everyday tasks like bathing, cooking, and cleaning. To learn more about the elderly home care Bridgewater seniors rely on, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 908.450.9400 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.