Competing since he was 65, Charlie Futrell, now 90, says multisport races “keep him going”.
When Charlie Futrell crossed the finish line at last weekend’s Central Florida Duathlon Series in Clermont, he stepped into the USA Triathlon record books.
Futrell, 90, a resident of the Villages, Fla., became the oldest male competitor to finish a USAT-sanctioned duathlon. He completed the race in a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 7 seconds. The race started with a 1-mile run, followed by a 10-mile bike and concluded with a 3-mile run.
“I guess you could say it [being the oldest competitor to finish a race] has been a goal of mine,” Futrell said. “I have done 118 triathlons in my career. The first triathlon I did was back in 1985. This was actually the first duathlon I have done. I did it because I have a partial tear in my shoulder that would have bothered me to do the swim in the triathlon.”
In 2001, Futrell won the 80-84 age division at the Triathlon World Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, and in 2005, he won 85-89 age division in the International Triathlon Union World Championship in Honolulu.
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