Watch this 100-year-old WWII veteran set a running record
By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Published: March 19, 2018
Orville Rogers, a 100-year-old who was an Army Air Corps training instructor during World War II, recently set a pending world record in the 60 meters for men in the 100-plus age group in USA Track & Field competition.
He clocked in at 19.13 seconds in the 60 at the 2018 USATF Masters Indoor Championships in Landover, Md., and he also set a pending world age-group record in the 400 with a time of 4:16.90. Rogers, who lives in Dallas, was an Air Force commander during the Korean War and a civilian pilot for Braniff. At 50, he picked up a copy of "Aerobics" by Dr. Kenneth Cooper, which started him on the road to running.
He has run about 42,000 miles since then, including five marathons, he recently told The Oklahoman. And he runs about 7 miles a week.
"I live life with a capital L," he told The Dallas Morning News last year.
This isn't Rogers' first taste of internet fame: At the age of 99, he narrowly defeated 92-year-old Dixon Hemphill in the 60-meter race at the USA Track and Field masters indoor championships. The pair have a friendly rivalry.
Rogers wasn't the only record-setter at the event: Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins, 102, set a world record for the 60-meter dash in the women’s 100-plus age competition.
🚨🚨 World Record Alert! 🚨 🚨— USATF (@usatf) March 17, 2018
100-year-old Orville Rogers (lane 2) set a new age group record in the men's 60m in 19.13 at USATF Masters Indoor Championships! #USATFmasterstrack pic.twitter.com/A3QuZz1iPZ