Herb Townsend will be 85 in a couple of months, and he's still running about 35 miles a week--an impressive amount. His secret might be that he trains at a slower pace than most, as slow as 20:00/per mile. At the same time, he can still crank 12:00s if he decides to enter a 5K race. "I feel cheated if something (like travel or illness) prevents me from having my daily run," says Townsend, who splits his time between Ocean City, NJ, and Naples, FL. "Maybe it is an addiction, but considering the associated health and fitness benefits, I consider running to be a positive addiction."
PROFILE: Herb Townsend has been running for 45 years
PROFILE: Kitty Consolo has been running (and winning) for 47 years
(Sep 2022) There probably aren't many runners out there who can say they have won more than 500 races. Kitty Consolo is one. A PhD in exercise physiology and qualifier for the first U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trials in 1984, Consolo, now 65, lives on Cat Run Road in Granville Ohio. (Yes, Kitty lives on Cat Run.) In her prime, she had a marathon best of 2:42.46. Today, she's still running about 30 miles a week and winning (in her age group) most of the races she enters. This, despite severe asthma and allergies. She follows the advice of legendary basketball coach John Wooden: "Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.” And also her mother: “Leave people and things better than you find them.”
Career-profession? I have been teaching at the University/College level since fall 1979. I have a PhD in Exercise Science from Kent State University (1990) and have taught at many places. I have been at Ohio University Zanesville since 2002 and am very proud and pleased to report that
PROFILE: Jenny Hitchings is getting faster, setting records at 59
(Aug 2022) Most age-group runners record their best times and maybe win a few races at the x0 end of their 5-year age-group: at 40, 50, 60 etc. Not Jenny Hitchings. She'll turn 60 next July, and watch out for her then. But she has also been on a record tear recently at 59. Last October, for example, the Sacramento CA resident ran 2:45:36 to win her age-group in the Boston Marathon. In fact, Hitchings is still getting faster. She credits that fact that she's motivated, very consistent, has a flexible schedule, trains 55 to 75 miles a week, and "probably the most important factor is good genes."
Career profession? I am a Running Coach. I coach remotely up to 14 adults (intermediate to advanced runners) for the 5k-30k as well as a youth running club at our local elementary school and middle school XC.
When did you start running and why? I started running for fitness as a college student at UC Santa Barbara, but I didn’t realize I was a decent runner until my late 30’s to early 40’s. In time, with proper training, running peers, a team and a coach, I was able to excel after I was 40. I was a late bloomer with an untapped talent!
How much did you run in your peak years? I think I’m still in my peak years. I run 55-75+ miles per week (depending if I’m in marathon training). I have never gone beyond 80 miles per week even when training for a marathon.
Top performances? Breaking 3 hours (2:58) on my 4th marathon, coming within 10 sec of making the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2011 (2:46:10 - you can imagine that this was very bittersweet), Winning Rocket City (Dec.2011) and Mountains to Beach Marathons (May, 2018), and placing 2 and 1st (2x) in the Boston Marathon in my age group. I’ve run my fastest times in
PROFILE: Kevin Boyle has been running for 53 years
PROFILE--76-yr-old Gary Patton holds a lot of American Records
PROFILE--Bill Shreffler started running, lost 70 lbs, and is going strong 100,000 miles later
I know that every day I have over an hour of quiet time early in the morning," he says. "I can reflect on yesterday, think about the day ahead, forgive myself for the many mistakes I have made in my life and get excited about the future."
Career-profession? Managing Member of BridgeWorx – medical device distributor.
When did you start running and why? I was 70 pounds overweight and bet a co-worker that I would lose more weight than he did. I won the bet.
How much did you run in your peak years? Peak years I ran 100 miles/week as I trained for marathons.
Best performances? After living in Colorado Springs and training at an altitude of 6,500 feet I ran my 7th Chicago marathon and had a PR of 3:34:00. Before I had my PR at Chicago I ran the Los Angeles Marathon in March 1992 after training through a harsh Chicago winter and finished in 3:50:26.
Total lifetime miles? I passed 100,000 miles last October (all well documented with some commentary about the run)
How much are you running and cross-training now? I run 54 miles/week – 8 miles Monday through Saturday and 6 miles on Sunday. I also lift weights
PROFILE--Richard Houston has completed 27 Boston Marathons in a row
(Apr. 2022) Richard Houston just completed the Boston Marathon in 4:39:18. It sounds a modest achievement until you consider that it was his 27th Boston in a row, 34th overall, and he's now 65 years old. A melanoma survivor, he credits his long-term success to learning when he can "run through" an injury, and when that's a bad idea. He likes the 1979 Boston Marathon poster of Bill Rodgers hitting the finish with just a single word on the poster: "Relentless."
Career-profession? I recently retired after 43 years of teaching high school history. I worked at St. John's High School in