The 61-Year-Old Shepherd Who Shuffled His Way to an Unlikely Ultra Win

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The 61-Year-Old Shepherd Who Shuffled His Way to an Unlikely Ultra Win

61-year-old Cliff Young showed up to the 1983 Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultra Marathon in his first-ever pair of running shoes and windbreaker pants with hand-cut holes for ventilation. In fact, Young was a potato farmer and shepherd who had gained endurance chasing thousands of sheep across his family farm in overalls and gumboots. His competitors were certain he couldn’t keep it up for the entire 544 miles, but Young kept gaining ground. He eventually overtook the entire pack, gaining leads while they slept that even the slickest of sponsored young runners couldn’t close. Now a record-setting champion, the single 61-year-old found himself a 23-year-old wife (they remained married for just five years), and went on to run over 12,000 miles in ultra races.

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