The race wasn’t long, but it was a race to beat for 78-year-old Bill Haber.
Haber, of Point Pleasant, N.J., not only shattered his own world record in the final 50 meters of a leg-long footrace, he completed the 55.2 mile footrace in a mere 11 hours, 23 minutes and 43 seconds.
“It’s amazing, feels so good,” Haber told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I just love this and I knew I could do it. I’m so happy. I’ve had some fun. I haven’t talked about it a lot. I just felt really good today.”
After breaking his leg 10 years ago, Haber decided to train himself for endurance events. In 2016, he finished a half-marathon in five hours, 33 minutes and 40 seconds, and in his latest achievement he beat the time set by his friend, Dave Simmons, by nearly four hours.
“A guy once asked, ‘Why do you do this?’ And my answer was, ‘This is what I enjoy doing.’ They said, ‘Well, tell us more about that.’”
His winning time — 11 hours, 23 minutes and 43 seconds — eclipsed the world record of 11 hours, 26 minutes and 39 seconds by Patrick Nunn of Halifax, British Columbia.
Haber plans to run the Ironman World Championship at Kona, Hawaii, later this year.