Meet Orville Rogers, the 101-Year-Old Runner

Aerobic exercise has the potential for prolonging your life. Don’t believe it? Just ask 99-year-old Orville Rogers, aka “The Running Man,” who has been running races and breaking records since he was about 56 years old.

It was the father of aerobics himself, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, who set Rogers on his fast path to fitness. Both of them had careers in the Air Force, so Rogers had no problem picking up Cooper’s book on aerobics in the late sixties.

“I picked it up, and I started reading it over breakfast. I finished it that day, and the next day I started running. That was 49 years ago,” says Rogers, who is still running to this day. In fact, he hopes to be running well into the coming year, at which point he’ll be 100 years old and breaking records in a new age group.

Rogers’ career took him around the world, flying in the Air Force and for Braniff Airlines. He estimates he flew 38,000 hours in his career, and he’s run over 42,000 miles since. Much of this is documented in his book, The Running Man.

Orville Rogers is living proof that people don’t stop running because they get old. They get old because they stop running.

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