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73 Year Old Completes 50 Mile Race

Now for a motivational story -- one that anyone needing an excuse to get off the couch should read!

Jerry Lewis (not the comedian) took up running when he was 48 and since then he has completed 25 marathons. Now at 73, he has just completed his second supermarathon, which is a 50 mile race. Isn't that amazing?

What is his secret? He said on the

I used to be a couch potato, a two-to-three-pack-a-day smoker who had never done anything more athletic than run for a train. I don't have a special diet. I don't stretch before I run. Or after. I don't have any special training regime, though I do run five miles or more five days a week -- two with my 33-year-old son and weekends with other club members.

He is about to start planning soon for his next 50-miler, which will be in 2014, when he is 81! I mean if he can turn his life around like that, anyone can!

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ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Maybe he's on the toilet b/c he just got done with a long run. Sometimes when I run really hard/fast, I get an electrolyte (sp??) imbalance and it makes me run for the can :P
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I am insired to run and to never have my photo taken in the john.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Wow, that's great for your dad purplesugar! hahahah I love how no one else noticed that! :rotfl:
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
the dude is sitting on the toilet in this picture! :ROTFL:
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
My dad started running late in life too, after he was diagnosed with diabetes. He lost his belly and now has the diabetes under control with diet and exercise. I never saw him do anything athletic before that, but he ran a 10k this year at the age of 66...not quite a marathon, but we're still proud of him!
Luxebot Luxebot 10 years
That's pretty cool. Yay for cool old people!
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 10 years
OK, time for me to put down the nachos and go to the gym. I'm officially shamed into exercising again.:)
redmed redmed 10 years
This guy is amazing, I recommend you read the whole article- it actually kinda funny: if the link doesn't work, go to and search for 50 mile race
DStirk DStirk 10 years
that definitely calls for a WOW... i hope, dream and wish i can do something like that when i am 73!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Wow, I wonder what inspired him?
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