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60-year-old runner crushes marathon age-group record

Posted Feb 10 2009 10:03am

Hosaka Let' s play a game. You know one of those annoying guessing games.

How fast do you think a 60-year-old Japanese man ran the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon recently to break his age group record?

Here' s a hint: he broke the age group record by 1 minute and 45 seconds with a huge smile on his face.

Here' s another hint: he came in 89th place.

So do you suppose he ran the marathon distance in?

3 hours, or perhaps

2 hours and 50 minutes, or perhaps

2 hours and 40 minutes.

Give up?

60-year-old Yoshihisa Hosaka, the oldest man to qualify for the marathon ran the race in an amazing time of 2:36:30.

According to the blog Japan Running News:

"Hosaka began running at age 36 when he joined a friend' s ekiden team. At age 42 he won his first race at a local event in his hometown. For his first marathon he ran the popular Honolulu Marathon, where he ran a superb 2:31:19. Finding a deep joy in running, Hosaka had by the end of 2008 completed 70 marathons. To get ready to attack the world record in his first race as a 60 year-old Hosaka trained 30 km per day."

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