June 4, 2009

USA: 80-year-old marathon runner inspiring peers

. FORT MYERS, Florida / NBC-2 News / June 4, 2009 By Nancy Alvarez FORT MYERS: A local man is sharing his secret to feeling younger than your years. Eighty-year-old Bob Borglund just left his mark on the Boston Marathon and he is proof it's never too late to get on the path to health and fitness. It was a homecoming celebration in Fort Myers on Wednesday for Borglund - a man considered to be an inspiration among his peers and a younger crowd as well. A member of the Fort Myers Track Club, he just placed first in his age division at the Boston Marathon, running the 26.2 miles in 4 hours, 4 minutes and 27 seconds. "This was my tenth Boston marathon," he said. Click to see video And his fellow runners say Borglund's achievement is only heightened by the fact that he didn't start running until he was in his 40s. He says it all began with simple jogs around his neighborhood. Then, he says, he began feeling the health benefits. He says he had more energy, fewer aches and less stress. By his 50s, Borglund had moved to the next level. "Mostly short races - 5Ks, five milers, half-marathons - that kind of thing," he said. Now he runs about five miles six days a week - except for when he's training. By the end of his 12 week training schedule for Boston, Borglund was running 50 miles a week. And he says if he can do it, anyone can - you just have to take that first step. "The health factor, it's something you can do and it's not expensive. And like someone told me, all you need to do is put one foot in front of the other," he said. © 2009 by NBC2 NEWS.