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<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080305/lf_nm_life/britain_marathon_dc;_ylt=AndooZhwfRC5.ACSsmaZEVys0NUE" target="_blank">LONDON (Reuters) - Already Britain's oldest employee, 101-year-old Buster Martin now aims to become the world's oldest marathon runner by completing the London Marathon and celebrating with a pint of beer and a cigarette.</a><br><br>
Go Buster, Go!
 

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"If I finish, I'll do what I always do and have a pint and a ***," he said. "People ask what is my secret but I haven't got one. They say **** and booze are bad for you -- but I'm still here, aren't I?"<br><br>
???<br><br>
Oh, a cigar!<br><br>
Never mind.
 

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I work hard. I train hard. And in the evening it's all **** and booze.
 

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He actually looks pretty darn good for 101y/o. <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif">ccasion5:
 

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Dude.<br><br>
I work with guys in their 40s and 50s that don't look as good.
 

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I was thinking the same thing.
 

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Wait - he did a half marathon in five hours 13 minutes?? The dude is slow! <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Are they going to keep the course open for him for 12 hours? <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif">
 

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Why not?
 

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I bet he doesn't even run the marathon. I bet he gallowalks.<br><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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The roads open up in 8 hours BUT they give medals if people come in later.<br><br>
It's more walking a marathon than running, but SO WHAT? He's 101. Awesome <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif">
 

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Its questionable whether a healthy person in the prime of their lives "should" run a marthon, but since the risks are relatively small (ie, most don't die and those that get injured can usually make a full recovery) its not much of an issue. Take a 101 year old man who is likely to take over 10 hours to cover the distance and I'd imagine the risks of something going seriously wrong are quite high. No human being should be excercising for 10 straight hours...it is not good for you. If you're very well trained and in top notch condition (Ironman competitors come to mind) you can get away with it, its still not good for you, but we humans do a lot of things that aren't good for us.<br><br>
I'm not saying he should be in some way barred from doing this and he seems to have the right attitude in that, hes not hell bent on finishing if something goes wrong, but its a terrible idea and the odds that he could suffer a major injury or worse seem to dictate that he should not do this.
 

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If the worst does happen and he really <i>really</i> DNF's (ifyaknowwhatImean) ... I can sure think of worse ways to go out. He's an apparently able adult and it's his right to do what he wants as long as he's not endangering anyone else.<br><br>
I know a lot of people who would differ from your opinion about 10 (or 10+) hours of exercise not being good for you -- ask any one of the members here who have successfully completed IM's, 50M, and 100k/100M distance events feeling tired but good.<br><br>
I believe in training smartly to be prepared for whatever a person wants to attempt (which includes knowing what to do and to stop and get help if the body starts really rebelling). I also believe that most of us, myself included so far, never choose the option to approach our true physical potential.
 
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