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VIDEO: Famous Ed Whitlock marathon stat featured on ‘Jeopardy!’

"What is a marathon?"

Ed Whitlock

The Oct. 12 airing of Jeopardy! featured a clue about Canadian running legend Ed Whitlock.

“In 2016 85-year-old Ed Whitlock became the oldest person to do this under four hours,” a Double Jeopardy! clue for $1,200 read. Contestants answer in the form of a question.

Austin Rogers, who won more than US$400,000 before being eliminated on Thursday after a 12-game win streak, answered “what is a marathon?” the correct response. The answer provided within the “Eightysomething” category references Whitlock’s 3:56:38 clocking at the 2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Whitlock, the holder of tens of age group world records, passed away last March, shortly after his 86th birthday. Not only is he the oldest person to run a marathon less than four hours, he’s the only person over the age of 70 to have broken three hours for 42.2K. He ran 2:54:48 at 73.



Full episode (Whitlock at 14:02)

Canadian Alex Trebek hosts the American television game show.