VIDEO: 80-year-old breaks 3:40 at Frankfurt Marathon

Klemens Wittig sneaks under 3:40 at the Frankfurt Marathon in a new European age-group record

October 30th, 2017 by | Posted in Racing | Tags: , , ,

Zieleinlauf Klemens Wittig

DER TAG IN BILDERN: KLEMENS WITTIG MIT NEUER EUROPA-BESTZEITKlemens Wittig hat in der Altersklasse M80 eine neue europäische Bestmarke aufgestellt. Er verbesserte die bisherige Rekordzeit um mehr als sechs Minuten auf 3:39:54 (!!). Herzlichen Glückwunsch!#readytorun #frankfurtmarathon

Posted by Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday, October 29, 2017

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At Sunday’s Frankfurt Marathon, 80-year-old Klemens Wittig broke 3:40 taking six minutes off a previous age group record.

Wittig’s time of 3:39:54 was a new European M80 marathon record, according to race organizers. The Frankfurt Marathon is Germany’s second largest in terms of participation numbers and is the country’s longest-running major city marathon, older than the Berlin Marathon.

The M80 world record is held by none other than Ed Whitlock, who passed away in March at 86. Whitlock, who is the only person over the age of 70 to have run faster than three hours in a marathon, ran 3:15:54 when he was 80.

Wittig finished the 42.2K wearing a split European Union and German flag draped over his shoulders. The end of the race is held within the confines of the Festhalle of Frankfurt, an arena that houses upwards of 13,500 people.