Is 40 The New 30?

photo credit: Nick Mathews

photo credit: Nick Mathews

This morning, Meb Keflezighi won the US Half Marathon Championship with a time of 1:01:23. That is approximately 4:41/mile. Meb is 38 years old.

Several months ago, Haile Gebrselassie came in 3rd at the Bupa Great North Run with a time of 1:00:41. The Great North Run has some elevation loss; however, Gebrselassie’s time is the fastest half marathon ever for someone over 40.

Gebrselassie dueling with Farah and Bekele at the Great North Run

Gebrselassie dueling with Farah and Bekele at the Great North Run

These times aren’t just impressive because Meb and Geb (sorry, I had to) are “older” runners. These times would be extremely impressive at any age.

Nobody over 40 has won an Olympic medal in the marathon – will that change in Rio?

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