George Etzweiler Won’t Stop Running

September 15, 2015 at 10:00 am 3 comments

GQ published a short-but-remarkable feature on alumnus George Etzweiler, a former engineering professor who still resides in State College. Now 95 years old, Etzweiler ’49 is a runner who has covered more than 10,000 miles in his life. He ran the New York Marathon for the first and only time when he was 67, and says he now runs five miles up and down a mountain three times a week.

Here’s what Etzweiler had to say about how long he plans on running:

I won’t stop until I’m forced to. My plans are to run Mount Washington when I’m 100, and drop dead when I cross the finish line. I figured that’d be a nice age to die at, and a nice place to die.

You can read more on Etzweiler—including his daily diet, and what goes through his mind when he runs—right here.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Melissa Herman  |  September 15, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Wonderful story! So inspiring.

  • […] becoming the oldest person to ever complete the Mount Washington Road Race. Etzweiler ’49, a former engineering professor at Penn State, has ran the race 12 times and is a member of its hall of […]

  • 3. Anonymous  |  June 24, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    As a resident of New Hampshire and a Penn State Graduate (73) I salute you, George. Long may you run: Long may you run ….

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