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A very small minority


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Spark buddy BOILHAM and I are always commenting about runners who start the sport at an advanced age and how few of us there are. Here is some data that illustrates just how small our group is.

While registering for the Chicago Marathon, I noticed a poll on their web site that asks:

"In what age group did you make your marathon debut?"

Out of over 10,000 responses so far, only 41 people stated that they ran their first marathon when they were 65 or older.

Obviously, BOILHAM and I are part of a very exclusive group. Geezers rule!!!!

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CASSIOEPIA 2/21/2013 8:55PM

    LOL, I'm moving up to the "50" age category this year, and am very happy about that. The older I get, the less competition there is!

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CINERICIA 2/21/2013 6:44AM

    Never too late to find a new passion. And completely kick everyone's backsides in the process.

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STRIVERONE 2/20/2013 8:31PM

    You certainly are. I started running again at 59 yrs. old (young) after being away from my mediocre high school efforts. Of course I expect the under 50 groups to out perform me, but I'm awed by the people in the "Geezer" (you named it, not me) group who look like they are not even working at and still finish well ahead of me.

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CHARITY1973 2/20/2013 5:45PM

    I love this! How inspiring!

I had a regret that I never tried out for my college soccer team. It ate away at me in my 20's and 30's because I couldn't go back and make it right. Opportunity missed.

HOWEVER now that I'm running and Sparking I can see how there are opportunities everywhere that I don't need to miss and these opportunities are not restricted like college soccer. This year I become a Masters (40-49) and as I haven't been a long distance runner in the past I can expect to run extremely well for the next decade and may even be able to post some winning times. After that I will still be able to run well and be competitive in my age group.

Who knew? I thought my athletic days were past by 21. Now I see that there is never a totally missed opportunity but rather a shift in opportunity. Thanks for showing me the way, geezers ;-)

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ERICADAWN1986 2/20/2013 3:38PM

    That's awesome! My last 10K, I had a man who must have been in his 80's or 90's dressed head to toe in NEON green running in FRONT of me the whole race. I'm 26 btw lol. Definite motivation! Also, my 55 year old mother in law ran her first half marathon only 6 minutes short of my PR. Love it!

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LAURIE5658 2/20/2013 2:50PM

    YES YOU DO!!!!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 2/20/2013 2:33PM

    emoticon emoticon Love the "geezers rule" hehe!

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BOILHAM 2/20/2013 2:05PM

  I had another thought after posting to this. I wonder what number of those 41 first timers had started running just the year before? Even fewer, that's for sure.

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PIXIEMOM13 2/20/2013 2:03PM

    I had to LOL at the "Geezers Rule!"

Though I don't know if y'all qualify as true geezers, since when I think of geezers those are old, grumpy folk too set in their ways to try something new or "out there"... like running a marathon. ;)

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SEABREEZE64 2/20/2013 1:42PM

    I am working up to a marathon debut. I don't want to start too early!!!! Maybe next year (64)!

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LISAINMS 2/20/2013 1:35PM

    Late bloomers rock!

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BOILHAM 2/20/2013 1:35PM

  Aw shucks you guys are too nice. Yeah, I suppose I pretty much do "rule" and am fairly awesome. Richard is okay, too.

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PENNYLOU7 2/20/2013 1:26PM

    Right on. You do rule!

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WINDSURFNERD 2/20/2013 1:15PM

    Don't forget that you are inspiring the rest of us "late starters"! My HM "debut" was last year at age 51...you guys are showing me that I could defer my marathon debut for my next decade. Geezers Rule indeed!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/20/2013 11:56AM

    You're both great examples of "Never too late"

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PMRUNNER 2/20/2013 11:52AM

    You are too funny. You two are certainly making up for a "late" start!

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AMANDAROX 2/20/2013 11:33AM

    I think it's great!!! A very special minority you two are!! Way to go!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/20/2013 11:32AM

    You are AWESOME!!!

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