45-year-old runs record-breaking 14:11 for 5,000m

American Kevin Castille breaks the men's 45-49 world record for 5,000m with a rather-incredible 14:11 three months after his 45th birthday

Kevin Castille

Kevin Castille still has it well into his forties.

The American set a new world record in the men’s 45-49 5,000m on Friday evening in Nashville, Tenn. Hosted by Vanderbilt University, Castille, a native of Lafayette, La., ran a 14:11.09 to finish second overall at the Music City Distance Carnival. The mark betters the previous age group world record of 14:21.77, according to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians, by Said Boudalia from 2013.

Castille turned 45 this past March. In April, he nearly broke the then-world record running 14:22.55, which was an American record at the time, in Baton Rouge, La. Indoors, he ran 14:19.59 this past winter, though that mark was not eligible for outdoor record purposes.

In 2016, Castille contested the marathon at the U.S. Olympic Trials becoming the second-oldest runner ever, according to the New Yorker, to qualify for the national trials.


According to Friday’s race splits, Castille was consistent throughout the 5,000m with his slowest lap being 1:09.67 and his fastest being 1:07.15.

Castille, who was was a standout runner in high school and was recruited by the University of Louisiana, did not run in his twenties. During that time, he sold drugs in his home state and was arrested in 2001. According to the New Yorker, confinement was his “wake-up” call and over the past half-decade, Castille has rewritten the masters record books on the track and on the roads.


His marathon lifetime best, in case you’re curious, is 2:21:00, which he ran in 2013. He’s run faster than 65 minutes for the half-marathon as recently as 2016.