Seemingly Ageless Ed Whitlock, 85, Runs World-Record Mile Time

Canadian masters running legend Ed Whitlock, shown here en route to finishing the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Marathon in an age-group record of 3:41:57 at the age of 82. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Ed Whitlock isn’t super-human, but he certainly defies his age. For the past 20 years or so, he’s been an inspiration to anyone who has seen him run and an absolute terror to the record books.

The record-setting Canadian masters runner, now 85, was up to his usual tricks on June 10. This time, he set a new world age-group record in the mile, running a 7:18.55 at a race in Cambridge, Ont.

The previous record for men aged 85-plus was 8:04.07 set by Germany’s Joseph Galia in 1985. In April, Whitlock crushed the half-marathon world record for his age group with a 1:50:47 clocking (8:27 mile pace) in Waterloo, Ont.

Whitlock, who hails from Milton, Ont., owns dozens of age-group masters records, starting with the the 1:20:33 half marathon and 2:51:02 marathon he ran at age 68. Among his other records, he also ran a record-setting 18:45 5K at age 75, a 3:15:53 marathon at age 80 and a 44:22 10K at age 82.

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