78-year-old Luo Guangde recently completed the Berlin Marathon on September 24, clocking a personal best of 5 hours 28 minutes 30 seconds, shortening his previous ’PB’ by 16 minutes.
Only picking up running at the age of 75, Luo now ranks 28th in the world in the 75-and-above category for marathons, and is the only Chinese person in the group.
A back injury had previously limited Luo’s ability to run.
However, Luo overcame the injury, and - despite some pain - was able to complete the Chongqing half-marathon with the assistance of his twin sons, who were the catalyst for his decision to begin running.
He then competed in the Los Angeles Marathon in February, 2016. After crossing the line under his own power, Luo decided to go for the "Marathon Grand Slam," which are the 6 largest marathons in the world.
He competed in the New York Marathon in November, 2016, and also took part in the London Marathon in April, 2017.
"I plan to run in two Marathons in 2018, and one in 2019. By then I will be 80," said Luo.