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Alberta man runs 100th marathon ahead of 80th birthday

Local Edmonton-area resident Roger MacMillan sported bib 100 for his 100th marathon on Sunday

Roger MacMillan

Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.’s Roger MacMillan completed his 100th marathon on Sunday.

Ahead of his 80th birthday in October, the 79-year-old ran the Edmonton Marathon, alongside the more-than 700 participants on Sunday morning, in 5:44:34. He spoke with CBC Edmonton prior to the race saying “I wanted to do 100 marathons before my 80th birthday and that’s kept me going.”

Appropriately, he was wearing bib 100. He’s run the Edmonton Marathon every year since 2012, according to his race profile on Sportstats.

MacMillan’s son Dale captured the below photo near the starting line of the marathon. “My dad takes off on route to his 100th Marathon at 79-years-old,” Dale tweeted. “Good job pop. So proud of you!”

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MacMillan told the CBC that he’s done as many as three marathons in three weeks. “You have to take it easy. I’m not a racer,” he says of being able to run another 42K not long after a marathon. He ran his first marathon in 2006 in Vancouver, before his 69th birthday. In the 11 years since, he’s averaged nine to 10 per year to reach the century mark.

During every marathon, MacMillan stops for a moment at the 26-mile mark and poses for a photo. He’s run marathons in Canada, the United States, Scotland and Ireland.

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His plan was to celebrate finishing the Edmonton Marathon with a “pint of Guinness,” he told the CBC.

Evans Maiko, in 2:25:01, and Melissa Kendrick, in 2:57:21, won the men’s and women’s divisions of the Edmonton Marathon.