Lynn Rathjen of Grand Island, Nebraska, received Lincoln Track Club’s 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award for his record-setting performance during The Lincoln Mile in August.
Rathjen, a 44-year veteran of the sport of distance running, set a National Age Group Record for the one mile. At age 75, Rathjen recorded a time of 5:59:18, which is more than 17 seconds faster than the previous record for the 75-79 age group.
Rathjen told Runner’s World, in an article published Aug. 14, 2020, he was a runner in high school, but took a pause from the sport, returning to it at age 35. Since then, he’s been running consistently, keeping his average weekly mileage around 20 miles.
Congratulations, Lynn, and good luck racing in 2021.