Age-Old Runners: Gil Jordan

‘Age-Old Runners’ is an article series where we explore runners’ performance potential after the age of 45 by interviewing excellent middle-aged runners. Is there still potential to improve? What roles do motivation, mindset, and specific training and recovery techniques play in allowing runners in their mid-forties to mid-sixties to continue to excel? To learn more about this series’ goals, check out its introductory article.

After the last article in this series, reader Gil Jordan commented, “I’d like to put in a word for those who continue to run and work out as they age, but not at a highly competitive level. [Those highly competitive athletes] are amazing, but the rest of us midpackers can still reap the health benefits and get great satisfaction into our seventies, eighties, and nineties by continuing to put in the miles, at whatever level we’re at. Feeling good at age 74 and still able to run respectable 10-kilometer to marathon times are what keeps me going–that, and I just plain enjoy getting outside and running at whatever pace feels good that day.”

In an effort to teach everyone the dangers of commenting and respectful community engagement, I cornered Gil and demanded an interview. Gil was kind enough to offer his insight. He identified a couple of the common threads that bind all the interviews in this article series together and also an interesting action point regarding age-group awards. (Please do keep commenting, everyone. Exchanging ideas and opinions and sharing experiences are among the goals of this series. I promise I won’t track you all down for an interview.)

Gil played team sports in high school, but he didn’t take up running until he was 38 and looking to get fit for a move to Northwest Montana from Southern California. He started walking and jogging around a small quarter-mile park. Now, at age 74, he’s completed 192 races including 37 marathons and two ultramarathons. His most recent marathon was in October of 2019 at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.

The following is a transcript of a phone interview with Gil. It has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Gil Jordan running the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon at age 73. All photos courtesy of Gil Jordan.

What propelled you from walking and jogging around a quarter-mile park to running marathons and ultramarathons?

That took a long time. For many years, I was one of those people who said, people who run marathons are crazy. Why would anybody want to hurt themselves like that? In those early years, I only ran 250 miles during the year. Even after I started running 5k races, I was still only doing 200 or 300 miles a year. Now, [at 74], I’m doing 1,800 miles a year.

I didn’t run my first marathon until 1993 [at age 48]. I was watching television and saw the personal-interest stories they did on the New York City Marathon, Boston Marathon, and Ironman. I watched those people crossing the finish line, and they looked like they’d done something that was an epiphany for them. I decided to see what that was about. But I gave myself permission to quit. I said: “What I’m going to do is start training for a marathon, and, if I like it, I’ll keep doing it. If I don’t like it, or it hurts, or it’s just not right, I’ll quit.” Of course, the bottom line was the farther I went, the better I liked it. So I never quit. From 1993 on, I’ve done upward of four marathons a year all the way up until I retired. I did my last one last October.

Do you like racing?

Yes. I have a tendency to just jog and take it easy in my training if there aren’t races on the schedule…. I don’t mind winning my age group, but it’s not a big goal for me. Races on the schedule mean that I have to run a little faster in training. I have to push myself, so I don’t show up and finish 55th out of 65 runners. I like to finish in the middle of the pack, and feel like I’m not slogging. Races are motivation for me to train better.

How have your feelings crossing a finish line changed the longer you’ve been running?

Virtually not at all. Of my 37 marathons, I would say two or three were very painful, and I wasn’t happy. It was not a good experience. But virtually all the rest of those 37, I was ecstatic. I’m not a very emotional person, but I often choke up when I cross the finish line. It’s always a joyous occasion no matter what condition I’m in. It’s one of the things that keeps me going. And I enjoy it in 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons as well. If I run a strong 5k or 10k, I get the same good feeling at the end.

Gil at age 65 running the 2011 Boston Marathon.

How much do you run on trails?

Almost all. Well, country road. We live deep in the woods. My road in is about 2.5 miles of gravel from the main road. That’s where I run almost all the time, and it’s kind of like running trails. It’s uneven. It’s got chuck holes in it. You have to pay attention or you can hurt yourself. I almost never run on asphalt except when I’m training for a marathon.

Do you think you have the potential to improve as a runner?

My marathon times have slowed down considerably, but in all the other race distances, I’ve been running under a half an hour for 5ks and under an hour for 10ks for almost 30 years. I consider improving the same as maintaining through the years. I’m not motivated to try and run faster at age 74. That doesn’t interest me. But trying to keep in the neighborhood of my best times over that last 20 years, that, for me, is improvement. All kinds of things decrease with age, and so, if you can maintain over time, that’s improvement.

What was the trajectory of improvement and maintaining with your marathon times?

I started way over four hours and by 1997 to 1998, I was running under four hours quite a bit. My PR was in 2002 at the Mount Rushmore Marathon with 3:49. After that, it slowed over the next 15 to 16 years down to where it is now in the five-hour range.

Running the 2002 Steamboat Springs Marathon at age 56.

Do you feel the same level of fatigue at the end of races at age 74 as you did at 44?

Yes, depending on preparation. If I do the preparation, I feel fine. Well, “fine.” I recover pretty quickly even for an old guy. When I did the Marine Corps Marathon last October, the next day my wife and I were out walking and touring around Washington, D.C. I wasn’t hobbled and limping. I was sore, but I was able to walk around without trouble.

Why do you still race?

Not only do I enjoy it, but it makes me feel good. When I’m in marathon shape, I feel great. This year, there’s no marathon on the schedule, and there’s only been one 5k in the Flathead Valley [here in Montana]. All the rest were canceled. I usually run five or six 5ks and 10ks during the summer up here. So I’ve only had one 5k to run this year, and I’ve slacked off. I’m still maintaining miles, but a lot of them are walking and jogging as opposed to running a little faster. I don’t feel bad, but I’m not quite as crisp…. I just don’t feel quite as fit as when I’m running races, and I love that feeling.

Why aren’t there more 74-year-olds racing?

That’s certainly true. Up here in Northwest Montana, we have a fairly small running community, and our races are not massively attended. They often have 80 to 150 runners, and there are hardly any 70-plus-year-old runners. There’s only me and three others who are still doing it…. George Sheehan said, “Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.” I think that may be the key. If you enjoy it, if it’s not work to do it, then it’s not hard to keep doing it. If you find it painful or boring or all the negatives, or it takes too much time out of your day, or whatever it is, then you start to lose interest and motivation.

George Sheehan’s Running & Being; The Total Experience has been my go-to motivation for 35 years. I’ve re-read it dozens of times cover-to-cover, always absorbing something new and useful. When I was trying to run a marathon in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., I used to pack it and read it on long flights, on layovers in airports, and then the night before the marathon in my motel room to get focused and ready for the challenge ahead.

If you don’t fundamentally love the feeling of moving your body at a run, there comes a point where racing loses its draw completely?

Running’s never been something I didn’t look forward to. I look forward to going out every day and doing it. It’s one of the things that I enjoy the most. That’s why it’s easy for me to keep going.

Before the pandemic, what was your weekly volume?

It’s increased since I retired in April of 2017. I was working very full time, and I was really busy. I packed the miles in as best as I could, but since I’ve retired, I’ve ramped up pretty well. I did 1,700 miles in 2018 and 1,806 miles in 2019, which was a new record for me. I’m on pace to do about 1,850 to 1,860 miles this year, which means about 38 to 40 miles average per week. I walk my dogs about half those miles, and I jog the other half. Occasionally, I break into a run just to remind myself that I can still do it.

How long are your long runs?

That’s the problem with no races. When I had the 5k, I ramped up and did a six-mile run so I would be more comfortable running three miles. And for this 10k that was just canceled, I was going to be doing eight, 10, and 12 miles out on the highway. But once they canceled that, I pretty much scrapped the idea of longer runs.

When you do your next marathon, what is the longest run you’ll do in training?

I have to tell you that the Marine Corps Marathon last fall might be my last. I haven’t decided that definitively. It just takes so much to get to that point. To answer your question, I do the usual 10% [increase in long-run distance] per week for about 14 to 16 weeks. I go up from eight miles until I get to 20 miles. If I’m feeling good, I’ll do 22 and 24 miles. I’ll do those long runs and in between I’ll do shorter, faster work. I’m not training for speed, I’m just training to make sure I have the muscle and the aerobic condition to cover the distance.

Another photo from the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon.

Why are you considering not running another marathon?

I still feel as good as I felt when I was 60, but at the same time, I don’t know…. Certainly a half marathon is in the picture. That’s easy to prepare for. I could run a half marathon tomorrow if I had to. But the difference to 26 miles is just so great…. It’s a little daunting to think about. I haven’t ruled it out.

Do you do strength work? Do you stretch regularly?

I learned that really early on, if you don’t do core and upper-body work, it’s much more painful. Your legs might be conditioned for running the miles, but if your upper body is not conditioned, your back and shoulders hurt, and everything else starts to hurt around 15 or 16 miles, and it gets worse toward the end.

I stretch every morning. It’s a combination of runner’s stretches and yoga positions that take about 20 minutes. I do it every single morning right after I get up. Then I do moderate upper-body stuff. I do push-ups. I think I’m at about 1,900 push-ups for the year so far. I do about 20 to 40 a week, 20 at a time whenever I feel like it. I have weights here at home, and I do curls, and presses, and extensions, that kind of thing. Before a marathon, I do this with real intent and with a real schedule. When I’m not preparing for a marathon, I do it randomly, one or two days a week when I feel like it to stay in shape, so I can carry groceries. I also do a lot of core work where I lift my feet off the floor for the abs and those kinds of things.

Do you take days off during the week?

Not really. At the level that I’m training, I don’t feel the need to take time off. I certainly keep up the walking and jogging every single day. I never miss a day on that. I probably have a streak going of four or five years with only a day or two missed.

Do you take an off season?

I guess in terms of season, we have our races in the summer, and I do work harder at it, and run harder and faster during the summer. But I keep it up during the winter, just at lower intensity. I have cleats that I wear when the road gets icy. I might reduce my total mileage a little bit over the winter simply because it’s sometimes hard to go out when it’s 10 or 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. I put on a mask, and I dress for it, and I go out and do it.

How many hours do you sleep at night?

I try to get seven, but as a retiree without deadlines, I tend to nap whenever I feel like it. That sometimes messes up my night’s sleep, but I average seven hours a day.

Tell me about your daily diet.

I read Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health and Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers. I cut wheat down to less than 20% of my diet. And I certainly have been consciously reducing the amount that I eat since I retired. My weight was at 174 pounds when I retired. I’m 5’10″, and while that wasn’t ridiculously heavy, I felt like I was 20 pounds overweight. I lost 25 pounds over that first year of retirement, and I’ve stayed around 150 to 152 since then. I eat almost no sugar. No pop. None of that kind of stuff…. I do eat meat, but not a ton.

How do you fuel yourself on long runs?

I’m a devoted fan of Hammer Nutrition. They’re right here in Montana…. I’ve been a devoted fan for 30 years. I use their products all the time, their gels and their Recoverite. I depend on Recoverite after long runs and marathons.

What can our running community do to keep racing useful and accessible to runners over the age of 50?

The first thing that pops into my mind is very personal. All these local races have age groups of five years until they get up to 70 years. Then it’s often “70 and Above.” That’s no fun. If you turn 75 or 76, and you’re still racing against 70 year olds, that’s frustrating. I urge local race directors to keep their five-year age groups after age 70. Don’t dismiss them just because you think there’s only going to be one or two people who are going to show up. It’s not fair.

Also, there are hardly any age-graded races. Age-graded races allow runners of any age and gender to compare their performance against the entire world of runners…. [T]here are easy calculators online. What’s especially rewarding for older runners is when you discover that your age-graded time means you bested most of the younger runners in the race. Even neater, it tells you how your time compares with all runners everywhere. It’s motivating when you’re 75 years old and running at a nine-minute-mile pace in a 10k, and you discover that you ran the age-graded equivalent of 38 minutes, or just over a six-minute-mile pace. It would not be that difficult for race directors to add age-graded percentages to the results.

Do you think highlighting older runners on race websites or in advertising would lead to greater participation and competition?

Well, sure. I’ve been running in Saucony shoes for 35 years, and there’s nothing but these young, healthy-looking runners in all of their advertising. That does have an effect. You look at that and think, Well, geez, I’m an outlier. I’m an oddball because they certainly don’t look like me in those advertisements.

In the last article in this series, commenters loved the exchange, “You don’t look 60 years old.” “Yes I do. This is what 60 is supposed to look like.” I can see an ad with a healthy-looking 65 year old with the headline, “What does running do for you?” This would followed by: “People often say I don’t look 65. I say, ‘Yes I do. This is what 65 is supposed to look like!'” And a closing tagline, “Keep on running!”

Training specifics:

  • Weekly running volume: Forty miles a week
  • Strength training: Core exercises and upper-body weights twice a week
  • Off-season: No racing in the winter
  • Sleep: A total of seven hours in a 24-hour period
  • Race nutrition: Hammer gels and Hammer Recoverite
  • Recovery: Daily stretching, no days off 

Three factors Gil attributes his running performance to:

  1. A belief that hard work, commitment, and follow through lead to success.
  2. The welcoming and encouraging nature of the running community.
  3. “How running makes me feel virtually all of the time. That feeling of health and fitness is highly motivating.”

Call for Comments

  • Do you have a story about running or racing with Gil Jordan? Leave a comment!
  • Are you over the age of 70, feeling good, and running well? Can you share thoughts about your current relationship with running?
Liza Howard

is a longtime ultrarunner who lives in San Antonio, Texas. She teaches for NOLS Wilderness Medicine, coaches, directs the non-profit Band of Runners, and drives her kids around in a minivan.

There are 42 comments

  1. Ric Moxley

    Great article, great interview. I understand that the mission of this series is about learning what’s possible with “…runners in their mid-forties to mid-sixties to continue to excel?” By professional standards, one could argue that us middle-of-the-packers have never excelled, certainly not competitively. But this Gil Jordan interview points out that “excellence” beyond a certain age becomes more about personal excellence, not competitive excellence — the ability and willingness of us older guys (I’m 60) to live to our greatest potential, even if that doesn’t mean standing on a podium at the end of a race.

    When you hit a certain age (believe me, I’m there!), you realize how unique it is to simply not be obese, compared to others your age, and even more unique to be out there running trails regularly.

    Competitively speaking, I may never “excel” except in age group awards, but for those of us who got into running or trail running late (started at age 50), pursuing those AG awards is pretty heady stuff. :-) And living life as healthfully and actively as possible (so that I may hopefully be going strong in my 70s like Gil, and maybe even longer!) is a fine and noble goal.

  2. Rick Simonson

    Thanks Gil for your great attitude and insights. Couldn’t agree more with your request for age grading results for races. All the data and technology is there for easy and pretty reliable grading. All of us “age old” runners do a version of it in our heads but it would be welcome addition for the growing numbers of trail and road racers who love to compete in the 60’s and 70’s.

  3. Ron Ranson

    I thought Gil had a story about running away from bears that morphed into more fun journeys. Guess that will come out in the Netflix special.
    Keep on runnin’ Gil.

    1. Liza

      What?? Gil did not mention any bear stories. Clearly, I need to add that to my set of questions? “And before we close, do you have any stories involving bears that I should know about?”

      1. Gil Jordan

        O.K., a bear story, one of more than a few. Since I (Gil Jordan) live on 36 acres of undisturbed Northwest Montana forest, one corner of which touches the 2.4 million acres of the Flathead National Forest, and just a few miles north are the one million wilderness acres of Glacier National Park, and a few miles south are another one million acres of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, we see quite a few bears (we’re on a migration route between the Bob and Glacier).

        A two-year old orphaned Grizzly chased us out when we were first camping on the property in the early 80s, but the story most related to running happened sometime in the 90s. We had few neighbors then, so I was running with my two dogs at the time, off leash. They’d stick with me for awhile, and periodically dash off into the woods. One time, I’m running along, and I hear this crashing through the woods, and out of the corner of my eye I see a smallish (200 pound) juvenile black bear running full speed, dash out right in front of me, chased by my two dogs. Had I not seen the bear and stopped dead in my tracks, the bear crossed so close I would have run into it. The young bear was much more concerned with my chasing dogs, and did not even glance at me as it passed by on a dead run a few feet in front of me.

        The truly wondrous thing about seeing live bears up close in a healthy natural environment is how glorious they appear–healthy, glossy black, or in the case of the Grizzly, shining golden brown, coats. It makes you appreciate what nature can produce. And yes, I walk and run with bear spray, ‘tho in 35 years with lots of encounters, I’ve never had to use it.

        As Steve Prefontaine once said, “Don’t think too much. Run spontaneously, like an animal.”

  4. Rebekah M.

    Great article! I find it so motivating and inspiring to read about runners in their 70’s getting in the miles and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. I love that we got a peak into Gil’s full routine…the stretching and strength work seem to be the secret sauce.

    I found Gil’s perspective on running shoe advertisements so interesting and relatable that I don’t look like the young, tiny athletes in advertisements either. Love the idea for older athletes in shoe ads!!

    1. Liza

      Yeah, I keep hoping the secret sauce is something other than strength training and stretching. And from your keyboard to the running companies’ ears Rebekah!

  5. J brundige

    Being consistent, thoughtful and curious about running seems like a long term winning strategy. Thanks for another insightful article.

  6. Jeff Gambrell

    Another great article by Liza that, in my opinion, appropriately expands the definition of what is an elite runner. Gil may not be setting any FTK records, winning any races (when they’re being held), or being contacted by Saucony to be featured in one of their advertisements (sadly), but he’s been running for 35 years and counting and has far more miles and race experience than most of us will ever obtain.

    Speaking of bears, I was walking in the woods with my friend the other day and we came up on a bear. He asked what we should do and I replied, “I’m going to make a run for it!” He responded, “Don’t be ridiculous… can’t outrun a bear.” And well, you know the rest.

    I thought of this joke because Gil reminds me of the guy in the joke who wants to run away from the bear. Metaphorically speaking, “the bear” eventually catches up to all of us, but in the meantime the issue is how long can you keep the bear away by continuing to run and enjoy the many physical, emotional, and social rewards running brings you.

    Compared to his societal peers, Gil is not just a runner but his decades-long dedication to his sport should easily qualify him to be be considered an elite runner.

    1. Ric Moxley

      i appreciate that metaphor, Jeff. Reminds me of the Dylan Thomas poem “Do not go gentle into that good night,” in which he says that “old age should burn and rave at the close of day; rage, rage against the chasing bear of darkness…” or something like that ;-)

  7. Tom

    Good article about Gil. I agree and can relate with many of his statements especially if you can stay close to times you ran as a younger runner then that is improvement.
    I am a 73 year old lifetime athlete and runner who will never stop running races and trying to compete with my age group, my younger self and with the pack in general. If you are near the oldest runner in an race and you can finish in the 60th percentile then you feel pretty good.
    Continuing to train at whatever level you are capable of and keeping fit despite the effects of aging is the answer. Doing something everyday is important and the motivation racing adds to your training is enjoyable.

  8. Heather Stadnisky

    Chuck holes, being chased by bears, positive attitude, consistency, hard-work, all of it so fun and inspiring to read about. Its people like Gil, not the elite runners that are younger than me or my age, not those out there on the podiums, but those soldiers and practitioners like this guy that get me laced up and out the door (almost) every day, and smiling as much as I can during runs:) Great article!

  9. Rick Bagwell

    Very encouraging article. I was confused by his age. I may be making a mistake but if he was 38 in 1993 that would make him 65 depending on time of year of his birthday. Either way I’m 65 and have drifted away from racing much since 1990 but still go at it everyday to including walking now for recovery at least twice a week. It is amazing that 10 minute miles feel like 6:30 miles of the 70’s and early 80’s. January 15, 1971 I went out for the Duluth (Minnesota) Central Trojans track team and met many amazing people then until last night when I struck up a conversation with an 83 year old (Rex) who was the oldest finisher of the OKC Memorial Marathon in the last year or two (I forget…wonder why!). He mostly bikes now but it was amazing to realize this man was 18 years older than me and still at it!

      1. Ricky D Bagwell

        Well even at 65 I’m brain challenged. There was more than one Rick and I jumped in on his comment and your reply by mistake. Thanks to you and sorry to the other Rick. I usually don’t comment like this and I messed up!

  10. Matthew Davis

    How great that his approach to running results In him “looking forward to it and making it one of the things he enjoys most”. Good reminder for me that my goals should result in the same feeling and not turn the activity into yet another obligation!

  11. Rick

    Another inspiring article for older runners, what is possible and the paths they follow. So many of the runners interviewed have really set the bar high achievement wise; I think I would be happy to just endure and continue running for a long time. The question I have, how many of these older runners have been coached? Did they manage all their training themselves? Did they have a coach or mentor overseeing training, maximize training effects or just to keep the runner healthy and uninjured?

    1. Gil Jordan

      Rick, I don’t know about others (I don’t have any close 70+ aged friends who are runners), but I’ve never had a coach in 36 years of running. When I started running at age 38, I depended on the running magazines (Runner’s World, Running Times) for monthly installments of training advice. As I got more into it, I started collecting books on running (now totaling 70 books) and adopted whatever tips felt right for me from each one.

      Two books top the list: One mentioned above is Dr. George Sheehan’s “Running & Being”, mostly for motivation and philosophical contemplation of why we run and what we get out of it. My other go-to book is Bill Rogers’ “Lifetime Running Plan”, full of good advice, especially for older runners who want to keep it up indefinitely. “Boston Billy”, best known for his four victories in both the Boston Marathon, including three straight 1978-1980 and the New York City Marathon between 1976 and 1980, has retired from marathons, but at 72 remains very competitive as a senior runner at shorter distances.

      Reading books by and about inspirational runners works for me kind of like a coach, reminding me of what’s possible, and motivating me to get there.

      1. Rick Bagwell

        Thanks for your encouragement. I just read up a lot this summer on the Boston Marathon (I ran it in 77 though nearly 30 minutes slower than my 2:47 qualifying time) and was amazed at the atmosphere with only about 3,000 runners then! Even read up on Clarence DeMar that won it 7 times. Super tough!
        All the old time racers were tough! And the times they ran with much less training and the ‘shoes’ they had really testify to that. Good luck to you and all the readers and commentators to the article.

  12. AT

    Without question, next to AJW’s Friday bits of wisdom, this series which features our elder statesman is just fantastic, please keep these coming!

    Loved reading this, Gil, you’re the man. If I could only be so fortunate 41 years from now!

    1. Liza

      Thanks, AT! There are some incredible folks out there, so I’ll keep them coming until we get the global 50+ runners ad campaign going — or Meghan gets tired of editing. :)

  13. Casey Murrell

    Great article! It is interesting how many of these Age-Old runners didn’t start running until later in life. I love this series. It’s an inspiration!

    1. Gil Jordan

      Casey, there’s one huge benefit to starting to run later in life–we’ve got relatively fresh legs not battered by decades of high school, college, and post college running. We read about lots of runners who went at it hard from their teens to their 30s and either burned out mentally, and/or suffered too many run-stopping injuries. Starting near middle-age maybe grants us a bit of wisdom that prevents the over-training and push to always get faster that causes injuries and burn out. We run because it’s fun, like we did long ago on the elementary school playground.

  14. Cinda B

    Wonderful interview and article. I really enjoy reading about people who have had long term consistency with running and what fuels their drive to keep at it.

  15. Sridhar V

    Thanks for this series. I love it. As I get closer to 50, I’m realizing that I’m considered an older runner, so it’s great to see more articles about people running in the later decades! Would love to be running like Gil when I get to my 70s. Very inspiring!

  16. John P

    This quote resonated with me (and I would imagine most of us!): “I like to finish in the middle of the pack, and feel like I’m not slogging.” Great to hear wisdom from other runners that are focused on the experience and maybe not the podium. Great interview!

  17. Karen Henderson

    Thank you. As a 66 year old runner struggling with restrictions/no races/ and still working…I loved this article and the message. Thank you. I feel regular again!

    [Posted on behalf of reader.]

  18. Mindy N.

    Great article Liza
    I’m envy you Mr. Jordan
    I have high hope I could be able to run like you when I’m into 70+
    Like you I started running at 38 & 1st marathon when I turned 40 (inspired from Oprah ran Chicago Marathon at 40.. If she can run then what’s wrong with me??)
    10 years road run then switched to trail when turn 50. And I had the best times of my running/ I felt invincible/ I can run forever… but Kaboom… I started slowing down from 58 on to now 62!!!
    I’m so frustrated!!!!!
    But I’m still hit the trail 3days/ wk
    Still sign up to run 50k
    So far I’m not Last Dead Finish yet
    Montana is my favor place
    Ran Whitefish/ ran Big Sky
    Will run in your town when this COVID is calm down

  19. Jeff Morey

    Casey, Old guys rock. I am going to be 75 in April. God has given me a gift. I did not start running until 2000. My first marathon was Bayshore and I won my age group,set my PR and qualified for Boston. Last year at the inaugural 50K at the Marine Corps Marathon, I won my age group and was the fastest guy over 54.I have run MCM 14 times. It is my favorite race. I also enjoy running trails and ultras. I have been doing them since I started running. I say all this not to pat myself on the back, but to praise God for the strength I have to do this and to encourage other older men to get out there putting one foot in front of the other and enjoying the gift.

  20. William L. Anderson lll

    I have had many occasion to run in event with Gil Jordan. He is consistently a part of our local runners here in Northwest Montana.
    Gil and I share the passion of being able to compete, at any age, and enjoy the comradarey of our fellow, women and men, runners.
    We are a very small running corps ” in this neck of the woods”, but loyal to the sport. We also have some extremely top age group winners that run and help inspire the rest of us. William Anderson,
    “Keep the pace” age 82

  21. Natarajan V L

    Great inspiration from Gil Jordan who even at this age is very active in running.
    I am 66 years old from India and a regular slow runner,my best time for Half Marathon is 2:42.I have completed many Half Marathon in the last 11-12 years.I have registered to run officially first virtual Full Marathon on 19.12.2020 and your article on Gil gives me enough hopes to complete the run successfully.

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