Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Look at Ed Whitlock's Marathon World Record

In case you haven't heard, Canadian Ed Whitlock made history again by smashing yet another age-group world record in the marathon. Whitlock, who turned 80 on March 6, finished the Rotterdam Marathon in 3:25:40, an incredible 7:50 per mile average pace! Ed's splits can be found here.

10K- 46:39

Using the Runners World Age Graded Calculator, Whitlock's time converts to 2:08:15.

Shortly after turning 80, on March 21 Whitlock turned in a 3000 meter time of 12:00.88. Using the McMillian Running Calculator, that effort is comparable to a 12:53 two mile, 20:56 5K, 1:36:44 half, and a 3:24 marathon.

According to this Runner's World interview, Ed was recovering from a recent cold and had some time off due to a knee problem. WATCH OUT! "I'll probably run a fall marathon, too, and that will be the one where I'll go for broke."

If he stays healthy, I would not be surprised to see Ed dip under 3:20.

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