Mike Fremont, 90, of Cincinnati, Ohio, set a pending single age world record on Sunday, August 19, at the Little Miami Half Marathon in Morrow, Ohio. Fremont completed the 13.1 mile course in two hours, 56 minutes, and 26 seconds. The previous world half marathon record for a 90-year-old man stands at three hours, 21 minutes, and 27 seconds, set by Wiktor Burgren of Goteborg, Sweden in 2002.
Race Director Derek Griffiths of Ohio Running Events was unaware of the record until officials contacted him two days after the event. “I received an email, asking if the course was USATF certified, which it is. Then they told me that a records official would be contacting me for more information on Fremont’s pending world record. Volunteers and runners at the event were so inspired by Fremont’s run. He’s in incredible shape at 90 years old!”
Fremont is not new to setting records. He already holds the world marathon record for an 88-year-old man of six hours, five minutes, and 53 seconds, set in May, 2010.
Weather conditions led to fast times at the race. Temperatures were cooler than normal for late August and the relative humidity was low. The race began at 7:30 a.m. with temperatures hovering in the mid-50s. A majority of the course is shaded, helping runners set new personal bests.
The Little Miami Half Marathon and 10K is a flat and fast scenic race run along the banks of the Little Miami River. The race starts and finishes in Morrow, Ohio, just a few miles east of King’s Island, and travels through South Lebanon and Kings Mills.
Three new course records were set at the third annual Little Miami Half Marathon and 10K. Leading a record number of participants, Kevin Herd of Maineville, OH crossed the line in 1:14:13 to set a new overall half marathon course record. Leslie Kraus of Cleves, OH led the women, running 1:25:48.
In the 10K, both the men’s and women’s course records were broken. Mike Greiwe of Fort Mitchell, KY set a new men’s course record, running 34:57. Halle Cupp of Middletown, OH set a new women’s course record of 44:18.
Overall, 557 people finished this year’s event, an 80% increase from the previous year.