Women’s Wednesday: 71-year-old sets age-group world record with half marathon time of 1:37:07

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Photo Credit: Enduro Photo courtesy of the Akron Marathon.

71-year-old sets age-group world record with half marathon time of 1:37:07

Photo Credit: Enduro Photo courtesy of the Akron Marathon.

Breaking records is a common occurrence in Jeannie Rice’s world. The 71-year-old runner, who resides part-time in Ohio and part-time in Florida, holds the age-group world record for the marathon, completing the Chicago marathon last October in a time of 3:27:50. 

Photo Credit: Enduro Photo courtesy of the Akron Marathon.

Rice recently added another record to that list, setting the age-group world record in the half marathon at the Goodyear Half Marathon in Akron, Ohio last weekend, when she crossed the finish line in an impressive 1:37:07, averaging a 7:25-mile pace throughout the entire 13.1-mile race.

The grandmother of two reportedly trains 50 to 60 miles per week and has now set her sights on breaking her own world records. “If I can break my own world record it’d be great,” Rice told Runners World. “… I set a goal like that so I don’t give up, so I can continue to train hard and tough.”

Next on her list is bettering her own record-holding marks in the marathon and the half, starting with the Berlin Marathon.

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