A world record was set on July 11 by 96-year-old Roy Englert at last week’s USATF Masters Outdoor Championships after he finished running the 5 kilometer in 42:30.23, which shattered the existing age-group mark by nearly eight minutes at the Cyclone Sports Complex in Ames, Iowa.
“It’s fun. It’s not fun while you’re doing it, but it’s fun when you’re finished,” Englert said. “It’s hard work, actually.”
The retired attorney, Virginia resident, Englert, lives at Lake Ridge retirement community and does most of his running on a treadmill: two to three miles three days a week, or sometimes upping the mileage if a competition is nearing.
He credits his late-career success, not to any natural gift but dogged persistence.
“I don’t consider myself that much of an inspiration. I’m a slow runner,” he told Run Washington. “But I guess I’ve outlasted almost everybody. It gets easier to win when there’s not as much competition around.”
Roy Englert already holds the 95 to 99 age group records for the 800m and 1500m and is a member of the world record 4×100, 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams, and he broke Frank Levine’s decade-old record of 50:10.56, The Guardian reported.
The new mark is still pending approval by USATF.