Two runners in their nineties racing the 60m dash is all the motivation you need to get out for a run today.
Orville Rogers, 99, and Dixon Hemphill, 92, went head-to-head at the 2017 United States Masters Indoor Track Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. on Feb. 18. Rogers, the older of the two, upset his younger competitor nipping Hemphill at the line by a 18.00 to 18.05 margin.
Rogers, a World War II veteran and pilot, notably set a 1,500m world record at the same event in 2016. He began running when he was 50 and showed his years of experience by narrowing the gap between himself and Hemphill during the featured 60m dash before passing him in the final metres. (Rogers even has his own book.)
It’s not uncommon that the two race each other as they are rarely the only runners in the M90 category. Hemphill got the better of Rogers in the other four events that the two participated in including the 200m, 400m, 800m and mile.
Video (Rogers is in lane 6, Hemphill is in lane 4)
The above video, captured by USATF (USA Track & Field), has been seen more than 179,000 times on Instagram as it makes its rounds online.