Canadian running legend Ed Whitlock died early in the morning of March 13, days after turning 86. The runner, one of the running world’s all-time greatest, died at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto to end his battle with prostate cancer. He passed away at 4:00 a.m.
Whitlock was one of the world’s most gifted distance runners having a string of world record runs to his name including breaking the 3:00-hour barrier in the marathon at age 73 when he ran 2:54:49. He’s the only person over 70 to have ever achieved this.
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Another of his most famous races happened on the streets of Toronto late in 2016 when at the age of 85, the distance icon ran the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and finished in 3:56.
The London-born runner moved to Canada after college and lived in Milton, Ont. He is survived by his wife, Brenda, his sister, Catherine, and his two sons Neil and Clive.
There is no doubt that he will be greatly missed by those in the running scene. To celebrate the life of Mr. Whitlock, we are highlighting commentary by those in the running scene.
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Runners celebrate Ed on social media
Running through Mount Pleasant tonight for Ed Whitlock. ??
— MANGO PEELER (@MANGO_PEELER) March 13, 2017
Ed Whitlock. RIP. Easily one of the ten greatest runners of all time. Faster in his seventies than most runners in their twenties. https://t.co/2prijtV1nU
— Malcolm Gladwell (@Gladwell) March 13, 2017
Sad, sad day. RIP Ed Whitlock, He was an inspiration to thousands and an amazing ambassador for our sport. https://t.co/sEsF08C7Oh
— Rob Watson (@robbiedxc) March 13, 2017
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) March 13, 2017
I once finished the Toronto Waterfront Marathon beside Ed Whitlock. I was chasing a PR, he was in his eighties #RIPEd
— Jim Wade (@slim259) March 13, 2017
It’s with the deepest sadness we report the passing of legend Ed Whitlock @ Princess Margaret Cancer Centre this AM https://t.co/oe4lGw396G
— alan brookes, CRS (@alnbrookes) March 13, 2017
Rest in power legend!!! https://t.co/e857XQSUPj
— Mohammed Ahmed (@Moh_Speed) March 13, 2017
A sad day for the Canadian running community. https://t.co/VgwVvSZB86
— Ellie Greenwood (@eLLiejG) March 13, 2017
Such a sad loss. May Ed forever remind us that exercise (of any sort) has no age limit! ?? https://t.co/Ok6kcPt9XJ
— adam (@aaarthurs) March 13, 2017
— Michal Kapral (@mkapral) March 13, 2017
Running in memory of Ed Whitlock today. https://t.co/1gVs5JB9XY
— Emily Setlack (@emily_setlack) March 13, 2017