It has been over a year since I mentioned Jack Denness and his quest to finish a 12th Badwater Ultramarathon. Entering the event, Jack already held the record as the oldest person to ever complete the race. He previously set the record at age 70. Last year, he set out to break his own record by finishing the race at age 75. The three videos below document his struggles to finish the race.
Watching a 75 year old man finish a 135 mile course in temperatures over 120°F is truly incredible. It is even more incredible considering that Jack didn’t begin running until he quit smoking at age 45. All of his recent accomplishments came in the second half of his life after abusing his body for many years. He completely changed his life and has earned over £100,000 for charity.
Hats off to Jack for the inspiration.
“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.” – George Allen