Sure, he holds just about every old-age running record in the books, including being the only person to run a sub-3 hour marathon in his 70s – he did it twice – and yesterday setting a new mark for 85-year-olds by completing the Toronto Marathon in 3:56:33.
But the reason Ed Whitlock is so great is because he’s funny.
Here are a few quotes Whitlock uttered yesterday and today:
+ “My legs are shot today. I seemed to be OK yesterday after the marathon, walking around and that sort of thing, but rigor mortis has set in now.”
+ (about his beat-up running shoes) “I wear them well past their due date.”
+ (asked about the age of his singlet) “I don’t know. (long pause.) Maybe 30 years? Older than my shoes.”
+ ” I ran too fast, really, at the beginning of the race. I swear I’ll never do that and I always do it.”
Here at Running Is Funny we salute the brave souls who recently participated in Philadelphia’s pizza mile, which, as you might guess, involves alternately running and eating pizza until a mile is reached.