- Roy Englert, 96, unofficially broke the age group world record for the 5,000 meters at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships, taking eight minutes off the previous mark.
- Englert already holds the 95 to 99 age group record for the 800 meters and 1500 meters.
Roy Englert of Springfield, Virginia, continues to break records in the running world. At 96 years old, currently the world records for the 95 to 99 age group in the 800 meters, 1500 meters, and 3,000 meters (still pending approval), which he consecutively in March. He is also a member of the world record 4
At the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships in Ames, Iowa, on July 11, Englert added another world record to his collection: He ran 42: 30.23 in the 5,000 meters, unofficially breaking the previous age group record of 50: 10.56 held by Frank Levine by almost eight minutes. (Englert's record is still pending approval by USATF.)
Since he has not had much competition in the age of 5,000 meters race-he's often ends up just racing the clock ,
But Englert does not seem to mind running alone.
"It's fun. It's not fun while you're doing it, but it's fun when you're finished, "he told Run Washington. " It's hard work, actually."
According to his National Senior Games Association profile, Englert runs about two to three miles a day, mostly on a treadmill a half block from where he lives in the Lake Ridge Retirement Living Community. When it gets closer to race day, he wants to get up to his daily mileage to three or four miles, and so mate speedwork on an indoor track.
Though many people have labeled Englert as an inspiration, he waves off their compliments. "I do not consider myself that much of an inspiration. I'm a slow runner, "he said in the profile. "But I guess I've outlasted almost everybody.
Run Washington That all runners can keep lacing up.
It's easier to win when there's not much competition around. " their shoes-and even hitting staff best times for their age-as long as they keep at it.
"My only advice is just keep doing it. Keep moving. Keep doing it, " he told the paper.