Gene Dykes, shown here running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
Gene Dykes, a 70-year-old running machine and retired computer programmer from Bala Cynwyd, set a world record for his age group on Dec. 15 by running a 2:54:23 marathon.
Before we move on, let’s run that back: Gene Dykes is a 70-year-old man who ran a marathon in
Must be something in this Philadelphia County water.
Dykes’ phenomenal race at the Jacksonville Marathon over the race broke a 14-year record thought by many to be unbreakable. Dykes shattered Canadian distance runner Ed Whitlock’s world record for a marathon by a 70-year-old by 25 seconds, averaging 6:39 per mile.
Interestingly, Dykes has only been seriously training for distance running for about five years.