At 72, This Ultra-Marathoner Continues to Break Records

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At 72-years-old, Bob Becker has done a lot of running. He estimates more than 20,000 miles in his lifetime and Becker said no matter the distance his focus is always intense.

“I think about running and sometimes more philosophical things, great thoughts and write the next big novel in my head,” the 72-year-old said.

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Becker is a spry senior who could write a novel or two about his life experiences – a lot of them tied to his running journey. The journey started a long time ago, with a short distance.

“I first ran a mile in high school and that was a very long time ago!” said Becker.

His ability is tremendous; he’s conquered the Boston Marathon and several ultra-marathons. In 2015, at the age of 70, he ran the prestigious Badwater Double, which is a 292-mile run through Death Valley. Until 2015, the oldest person to complete the Badwater Double was 57 years old.

From Morocco to China, his running has brought him to different corners of the world.

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“A little unusual at my age doing this…I’m told frequently that I inspire a lot of people to get off the sofa and get out there and exercise. That means a lot to me.”

Becker is an inspiration, but also humble. He runs with his buddies every Thursday night, and then hangs out for a bite to eat.

“He’s definitely an inspiration. No way we can go up and down the beach and see someone who doesn’t know Bob,” said runner Tim O’Brian.

And as if the running isn’t enough, Becker is also the founder of the Keys 100 – an ultra-marathon that’s about to reach a milestone.

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“[I’m] very proud of the race. Not only has it been great to see the race grow, but we raise a lot of money for the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys, which is our charity of choice.”

And, that charity choice isn’t for any reason. Bob Becker has done more than conquer great distances, he’s also conquered prostate cancer. His essence is truly remarkable.

The 10th annual Keys 100 Race will take place May 20th to celebrate the milestone. Bob says there will be live music and some special acknowledgment for those who have been with him since the beginning. The Keys 100 is now the biggest ultra-marathon in Florida.

For Bob Becker, it’s certainly another achievement in his long running journey — a journey he says will continue for as long as he can physically continue.

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To register for the ultra-marathon, go to