It has to be Jon Mendes 94, who will be 95 in the very near future, who eats his veggies and exercises daily and who is lining up for his 14th New York Marathon. This makes him the oldest entrant in the race. The attached video was taken two years ago and he’s still going strong.
He has lots of company however. The group of New York Marathon runners whose numbers are increasing the fastest are those over 65+, those who are pretty obviously the ‘committed well’. Now it’s one thing to be committed to going to the gym as so many New Yorkers do to keep fit but these older runners and exercisers are doing something else.
They are literally outrunning and out exercising their old age. As others their age become less active they become more active. They’re keeping up their aerobic capacity, muscle strength, mental alertness. By doing this they are insuring against chronic disease and keeping at bay accidents due to falling. Yes 90 appears to be the new 60 for some.
Only those who are aging have a full grasp on how the body inevitably declines with old age and how precious is the capacity to retain as much physical agility and endurance as possible.
Sure these seniors take longer to cross the finishing line, sometimes up to 3 times longer than their younger and swifter rivals but finish they do and their focus is not on winning, it’s on being able to keep going.
With large number of baby boomers hitting old age, however that is defined, a greater percentage than ever before in this age group are running, going to the gym, doing HIIT, lifting weights than ever before in NYC. Everyone ages but everyone can also choose how they age.
So when the 50,000+ participants set off on the New York Marathon this year give a thought to the committed oldsters wish them luck and