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Canio Polosa of London, Ont. to chase his Canadian 90+ record over 5K

For 93-year-old Ontario runner Canio Polosa, age is just a number

Photo by: Lynne Weaver

Canio Polosa, a 93-year-old runner living in London, Ont., has a goal unlike that of many other 93-year-olds. This Sunday, he will run at London’s Halloween Haunting 5K at Springbank Park, with a goal of not only completing the race but of chasing his own 5K M90+ Canadian masters’ record he set earlier this year.

Given the cool temperatures, Polosa believes he can run 36 minutes for 5K. Polosa only started running in his 60s; his personal best is 37:41. (The 5K world record for his age group is held by Henry Sypniewski of the U.S at 33:46). This race will be Polosa’s third 5K race of this year.

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Polosa said in a video interview with CBC London that he doesn’t know why he likes running, but he enjoys running 5K to 10K every day to embrace nature. When questioned why most people his age aren’t running, Polosa said, “Most people are not running because they don’t think they can do it.”

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Polosa is a retired doctor who practiced internal medicine and taught at McGill University. He began to run during retirement but was forced to give it up due to a knee injury. Now at 93, Polosa is back to running, wearing his knee brace and continuing to chase his races. Polosa also holds the M90+ Canadian masters’ mile record of 11:07, which he set in June of this year.