FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Jerry Mazock, a 64-year-old man and avid runner for the last 40 years logged his 50,000th mile at the Jorgenson branch YMCA Friday afternoon. Friends and family cheered Mazock on while he completed his 50,000th mile on the indoor track.
Mazock said he feels exhilarated after running the mile with Casey Shafer, President of the Fort Wayne Running Club. He said this is something that he has been looking forward to for a long while. He was 20 years old when he started running.
“I’ve averaged as an adult, a 5K every day of my life, since then,” Mazock said.
He was prompted to start running when, during college after gaining enough weight to be 210 lbs, Mazock was sitting at lunch table and a woman told him it didn’t seem possible he would have ever weighed his high-school weight of 170 lbs, at least not since he was baby.
“I took that personally,” Mazock said. “I went home and asked my parents to buy me a pair of running shoes on Christmas that year.”
The next day, Mazock went and ran a mile and wrote it down on a piece of paper. He continued writing running logs for another 7 years, before carrying it over into logbooks.
Mazock said that he has probably gone through over 200 pairs of running shoes since his parent’s bought him that first pair.