If you are age 50+ and you think you should start running as a new hobby, this story of 80 year old runner Bob Dolphin should inspire you.
Bob has finished 456 marathon, a total that includes 44 ultramarathons ranging from 31 to 101 miles.
Bob ran his first marathon in 1981 at a prime age of 51. An age when most naysayers would consider too old to think of running a marathon.
In an article in Seattle times Bob sums his love for the 26 miles, “I like the difficulty, the competition in my age class, the sociality among runners, the satisfaction I feel when I complete a race. That’s when I feel most of my runner’s high — when I can sit down and rest and don’t have to count down the miles anymore.”
|Dolphin’s marathon milestones|
|1||First marathon||Sept. 1, 1981||51||Columbia, Mo.||3:53:45|
|56||Fastest Boston Marathon||April 18, 1988||58||Boston||3:04:25|
|116||Longest run (101 miles)||June 14, 1992||62||West Seattle||24 hours|
|317||Last time under 4 hours||June 28, 2003||73||Eugene, Ore.||3:59:01|
|453||Fastest 2009 race||Oct. 11, 2009||80||Victoria, B.C.||5:22:19|
|456||25th entry in Seattle Marathon||Sunday||80||Seattle||#|