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.