Today we explore health, fitness, longevity & the pursuit of meaning through the lived experience of a human who has been walking planet Earth for a full 100 years.
Meet centenarian Mike Fremont, a retired engineer turned climate activist and life-long athlete who holds a slew of impressive age group world records in running, including the fastest recorded marathons for an 88-year-old, 90-year-old, and a 91-year-old.
At 96 he set the American one-mile record for the 95-99 age group, and as a lifelong canoe racer, at 99 he was the oldest person to race the Canoe National Championships.
And at 100, he’s still out there getting after it. Every. Single. Day.
How does he do it? What is his secret?
“Real life satisfaction comes from helping other people as much as you can, in whatever way you can.”
– MIKE FREMONT
I was introduced to Mike by his running buddy elite ultra-marathoner and popular friend of the pod Harvey Lewis (RRP 658), who helped arrange today’s unique opportunity to learn and be inspired by someone who has not only been alive for so long but who has remained incredibly vibrant well past his peers.
For those of you who feel like it’s too late or you’ve missed the boat on being an athlete, this guy’s marathon career didn’t even kick into high gear until his 60’s—40 years ago!
This conversation is my attempt to extract his testimony and counsel for younger generations. We dive into what he has learned about life, longevity, vitality, purpose, fitness, and breaking world records. We also discuss the whole food plant-based diet—a lifestyle he adopted 30 years ago in the wake of a colon cancer diagnosis—that fuels his training, keeps him spry, informs his climate activism, and in his words, is what has allowed him to thrive for decades beyond social expectations.
It’s not often you get the opportunity to spend time with a centenarian. This is a small attempt to course correct mainstream culture’s failure to appropriately appreciate our elders.
I loved having Mike on the show, consider him a new friend, and I’m proud to share his voice with you.
Peace + Plants,
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- Connect with Mike: Website | Instagram
- Runner’s World: Eat Right. Paddle. Run Easy.
- Great Vegan Athletes: Happy 100th birthday to Mike Fremont!
- TC Palm: 100-year-old celebrates birthday with run on the beach, party with friends
- DMARGE: 100-Year-Old Marathon Runner Shares His Secret To Longevity
- Plant-Based News: The 100-Year-Old Vegan Athlete: ‘Diet Has Determined My Existence’
- The Beet: This 100-Year-Old Vegan Athlete is Still Running and Setting World Records
- WCPO: Local 99-year-old man still hits the jogging trails, inspires others
- YouTube: 96-Year-Old Mike Fremont breaks American record at Grand Blue Mile
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