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JAMA 100 Years Ago
November 15, 2006

AN AGED ATHLETE.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(19):2388. doi:10.1001/jama.296.19.2388-a

An old-time champion pedestrian, whose record 30 or 40 years ago aroused the country, has recently at the age of nearly 70 performed the feat of walking from Philadelphia to New York, a distance of 96 miles, in a little over 23 hours and finished the task in excellent physical condition. This is a good example of the fact that the physical organization of man need not necessarily go to pieces before the allotted three score years and ten, when, according to some, the system is worn out and useless. Of course, this man Weston is an exceptional case, but he shows what the possibilities are, and probably a great many other individuals of as great age could do likewise.

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