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Meet Charles Futrell, the 90-Year-Old Marathoner

When people see Futrell competing and training, they often ask how long he plans to continue. “I’m never going to quit,” says Futrell. Even his doctor admits that Futrell is the healthiest 90-year-old man he has ever examined.

By the time Charles Futrell retired in 1978, he weighed 226 pounds. In his own words, Futrell “was totally out of shape.” He was in a bad habit of eating whatever he wanted and generally being lazy. Enough was enough, and Futrell decided to get in shape. What started with a new pair of running shoes ended with Futrell hitting the road for jogging. He has since competed in over 400 road races, from marathons to pentathlons.

This lifestyle change was not simply a matter of maintaining weight — Futrell has become a champion racer. He has done six Ironman World Championships and never came worse than third in the world for his age group. His 500-plus awards speak to his longevity and drive, a drive to be a winner. “It’s always great to be a winner,” says Futrell. “I always tell people it’s better to come in first than second.”

When people see Futrell competing and training, they often ask how long he plans to continue. “I’m never going to quit,” says Futrell. Even his doctor admits that Futrell is the healthiest 90-year-old man he has ever examined. “I’m going to do it as long as I can,” says Futrell, “and I hope that I can put in a lot more years ahead of me.”