Tony Cerminaro has accomplished a lot during his running career. The 86-year-old Jermyn, Pa. resident has participated in 115 races and 100 marathons, including the New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon. If that wasn’t enough, he also won his age group at the Boston Marathon in his 60s, 70s and 80s, and holds the national record for runners over the age of 80.
“My favorite moment was winning the senior division at the Boston Marathon,” Cerminaro says. “A lot of people don’t even get to run the Boston Marathon, let alone win a medal. That one was special.”
Cerminaro’s list of accomplishments are even more impressive considering he didn’t start running until he was 50 years old. He began when a friend asked him to join him for company. When the same friend asked him to sign up for a 10K, he said yes and his love affair with running commenced.
“I just fell in love with running. I enjoy the camaraderie and training with a goal in mind. I’ve been lucky to do so many races,” Cerminaro says.
Although running is a great form of exercise, Cerminaro admits the high-impact sport has taken a toll on his body. He has suffered from knee pain and even fractured his hip.
“I’ve had my share of running-related injuries. Fortunately, I’ve had great doctors who have been able to treat me and get me back to training,” he says.