Texas Man Keeps 35 Year Running Streak Alive Despite Hospitalization

By: Andrew Tanielian
By: Andrew Tanielian

A Texas man has been running a mile a day for 35 years straight. Not even a hospital stay will stop Bill Anderson.

During the course of his streak, he's made tracks across all 50 states, even 46 different countries.

Anderson is built to always be in motion, even the National Running Association says so.

"Here I am, Bill Anderson," he said, pointing at his records,"Started December 27, 1976 Fort Worth, Texas, retired 66-years-old."

Anderson has run every day since and his last run Saturday jeopardized his 35-year streak.

"It was a lot more complicated that I would have imagined," Anderson said.

Doctors recommended he walk several times a day. His family knew that wasn't going to do. The record could be rescued, 24 hours hadn't passed since his last run.

So his family found a hospital courtyard that could save the streak. Rules mandate Anderson wear running shoes, be outside and run a full mile, which in the courtyard is 30 laps.

Doctors signed off on it.

"Well it's rather unusual," one said.

Until you understand that he's run in so many places, he's even jogged on an aircraft carrier.

"I think he's a little crazy," Anderson's wife said.

With many reason to run away, Anderson always finds a reason to keep moving forward.


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