95-year-old friend of Southwestern breaks world records in running, trains to break more

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Ninety-five-year-old Orville Rogers, an avid runner and missionary pilot for whom Southwestern named one of the special collections libraries in the MacGorman Chapel and Performing Arts Center, has broken seven world records this spring and is poised to break even more as he approaches yet another track meet.

Rogers currently holds 10 records in his age group and told Dallas news outlet WFAA that he has nearly reached the 40,000 mile-mark in his running— a number just short of his 49,000 total logged flying hours with Braniff Airways and the Army Air Corps, the predecessor of the United States Air Force.

The pilot, who began running at age 50 and underwent a sextuplet bypass surgery at 75, says his consistent running keeps him young.

"I say you don't give up running because you got old, you got old because you stopped running," Rogers told WFAA.

To read more about Rogers and his continued quest to capture more world records, visit http://www.wfaa.com/sports/Orville-Rogers-is-setting-world-records-at-age-95-213911081.html.

Read an additional article about Rogers and his records by USA Track & Field at http://www.usatf.org/News/Orville-Rogers-Member-Spotlight.aspx.

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