Weekly 50+ News: Marathon Record and 1st Time Bride at 85

June 22, 2013

We continually find examples of people over 50 doing extraordinary things. Some people are breaking Guiness World Records, others are quietly starting new companies, continuing to compete in sports or taking up new hobbies. We share these stories to inspire you to make the most out of your 2nd half of life. We also find relevant articles on travel, retirement, and health to share.

We share these stories and other relevant news on our Facebook and Twitter accounts daily and have compiled the stories from the last week in the following article.

By Scott Crawford

By Scott Crawford

81 Year Old Marathon Runner Sets World Record

At 81, most people would be happy to just finish a marathon; however, Ed Whitlock has bigger dreams. In 2012, the Canadian set the world record for the fastest marathon time for people over 80. And his time of 3:30 put him in the top 13% of all finishers. He is also the only person over 70 who has run a marathon in under 3 hours and holds 15 world records in distances from 1500 to 10,000m.

Its Never Too Late To Find Love

Photo by adwriter

Photo by adwriter

85 year old Phyllis Cook walked down the aisle for the first time in a pretty skirt and blouse to marry her 86 year old groom, John Plommer.

Phyllis had lost hope of ever getting married after the death of her lifelong finance in 2008. But when she moved into a seniors home following a fall at home, she met John. Their close friendship eventually led to a few dates and an engagement! In regards to their new marriage, John said “I hope our marriage will bring friendship, happiness, and companionship.”

Celebrity Birthdays 

Photo by Xside

Photo by Xside

Happy Birthday to Johnny Depp who turned 50 on June 9th. He is a well known Actor and in many well loved movies.

Michael J. Fox turned 52 on June 9th. He’s appeared in Back to the Future, Family Ties, and Spin City. He’s written 3 books and is an advocate for research into Parkinson’s disease.

Prince Phillip turned 92 on June 10th.

Happy 54th Birthday to Hugh Laurie. Best known for his role as Dr. House he has also appeared in films like 101 Dalmations as one of criminals and as the father in the Stuart Little films. He’s a talented musician and best-selling author.

Photo by Gregg Rizzo

Photo by Gregg Rizzo

Happy Birthday to Tim Allen who turned 60 on June 13.  He is a well known actor, comedian, voice over, and entertainer, best known for his role on the sitcom Home Improvement.

Happy Birthday to Helen Hunt who was welcomed to the 50+ club on June 15.  Helen is an American actress, film director and screenwriter known for her roles in the movies Twister, Pay it Forward, What Women Want, and Cast Away.

Photo by Oil Gill

Photo by Oil Gill

Happy Birthday to Sir Paul McCartney who turned 71 on June 18. He is a well known musician, singer, songwriter and composer, who first became famous through The Beatles.

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