Ed Whitlock, 85, breaks world record by nine minutes at Waterloo half-marathon

Ed Whitlock, an 85-year-old runner from Milton, Ont., set a new age group world record on Sunday at the Waterloo half-marathon.

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Ed Whitlock, 85, continues to defy his age and set a new world half-marathon record for his age group at the Waterloo half-marathon on April 24. The Milton, Ont. resident ran 1:50:47 and broke the previous 85-year-old age group record by nine minutes.

“I mainly run, I suppose, to set records,” Whitlock told CTV News after the race. “That’s the main objective for me.”

Whitlock’s time on Sunday equates to 5:15 per kilometre pace for 21.1K.

The previous half-marathon record for 85-year-olds was held by German Georg Gabriel (2:00:05), set in 2006. According to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS), Whitlock holds nine half-marathon world records in various age groups.

He’s the first person over 70 to have broken three hours in the marathon when he ran 2:59:10 in 2003. Since turning 70, he has broken the three-hour barrier multiple times including a 2:54:48 at 73. He holds age group records from the 1,500m up to the marathon.

Whitlock was born just outside of London before moving to Canada. He now resides in Milton, a town in southern Ontario and a part of Greater Toronto.

Overall, it was a great weekend for Canadians at local road races as Krista DuChene proved her fitness ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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