South Dakota Runner, 94, Wins 4 Gold Medals

Harold Bach only started seriously running in his 70s.

Harold Bach only started seriously running in his 70s.

A 94-year-old from South Dakota has a message for runners: Catch me if you can.

Harold Bach recently won four gold medals in his age group at the South Dakota Senior Games in four events: the 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-meter races.

There were not enough runners in his age group to fill the lanes on the track during his races, so meet organizers pitted him against runners in their 80s.

Bach beat them all.

A World War II Army veteran who served in North Africa and Europe, Bach has only been seriously running for 22 years. That means he started at the young age of 72.

He has since collected 157 race wins. His victories in Rapid City, S.D. qualified him for the National Senior Games in Bloomington, Minn., to be held next summer.

Bach holds the 50m world record in the age 90-94 category at 10.05 seconds. He runs 2 miles every day, according to the Bismarck Tribune, but only races sprint-distance events.

He will move up to the next age group category next year when he turns 95.

“You can start any time,” Bach said. “The main thing is getting started. There are a lot of health gains to it.”

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