A 101 year old completed that for the 15th time, Douglas Braff caught up with him after the race. I’m 24, and I can’t even walk up a flight of stairs without running out of breath. But this 101 year old man makes being fit look very easy.
Most people at his age are just happy to be alive. But George Etzweiler, at 101 years old, is taking part in ultra-marathons.
Yeah. Good genes at 50 miles, the Tussey Mountain bike relay in ultra-marathon is no walk in the park, especially on a cold, rainy day such as today.
But Etzweiler ran for his relay team, the old man of the mountains on the race’s fifth leg. Incredibly, he wasn’t a runner for the first half of his life, only starting in 1969 when a friend of his gave him a book on aerobics.
“I was overweight. I couldn’t stay awake in the afternoon, and he’s been running ever since.”
However, he says age is taking a bigger toll now.
“Well, I’m losing an awful lot of stamina. I just don’t have the stamina I used to have by any means.”
But he plans to keep beating father time with a little help from a vegan diet. His granddaughter put him on .
“I think I’ll quit, said, Have you? I can’t believe I’m still running yet at this point. I can’t believe I’m alive.”
It said that life is about the journey and not the destination.
“Lucky to have a good family and a good job that I enjoyed.”
And while Etzweiler may be close to wife’s finish line, his journey keeps moving on at a youthful pace.
“Most of my life here, I think overwhelmingly things just nice things just happen to me.”
And just like Forrest Gump, Etzweiler just keeps on running. Reporting from Center County, I’m Douglas Braff.