Extraordinary People: 92-year-old Pittsford man keeps running

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Staying active at any age can be difficult, but John Burke is a "no excuse" kind of guy.

At 92 years old, Burke is still running and inspiring others to be healthy. 

"I thank God everyday that I've got good health, and a good wife," said Burke. "We eat well. I've got seven children: four lawyers, a doctor, a CPA, and a salesman."

Burke has a lot to be proud of. He's a devoted husband, loving father, and popular among his friends. He has no interest in slowing down at his age either. You'll still find him running four to fives miles, four days a week along the Erie Canal in Pittsford.

"I ran with the best of them throughout the United States and it was great to meet with them, try to beat them," Burke said. "Many of them beat me, but it's an enjoyable thing to do. It keeps your weight down and it keeps your head good."

"He's an inspiration and hopefully at that age, I'll be out there competing just as much as he has," said Andy Trepanier, Executive Director of Cloverwood Senior Living.

Burke has run 35 marathons, completed than 40 triathlons, and his memories as an avid runner for more than 50 years are endless.

"My most recent marathon was my last, when I was 60 years old," Burke said. "I ran my last Boston Marathon and it was a great race. I finished my best Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 29 minutes."

Burke doesn't just focus on health himself. He's focused on helping others at Cloverwood Senior Living stay active too.

"There's a lot of good men here and I talk to them," said Burke. "Certainly people who know me, talk to me about running. I always try to encourage people to have a good diet and do some exercise."

Burke is a regular in the fitness center and at weekly group exercise classes. 

"He's like our exercise guru," said Trepanier. "He's very involved in the community here at Cloverwood, just a great person to be around."

"Keep running," said Burke. "I mean it's something you've got to stay with to have good health. I'm up in years and I feel good."

To this day, Burke tries to do about a dozen 5K races each year, inspiring those around him every day. 


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