Meet the Oldest Runner in the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Marathon

Amazing Senior Athletes by Senior Fitness Trainer – Debra Stefan

As a senior fitness trainer, I am a witness to an amazing senior athlete, Sid Graber. He is the oldest runner in the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Marathon. At age 86, it was his third year in a row doing the challenge. He trained hard on milestones and set his goal to complete the half-marathon. See his interview as he triumphs at the completion of his fitness goal. “Hard work pays off’,” says Sid Graber.

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Oldest runner in the Las Vegas marathon with senior Fitness Trainer, Debra Stefan

I’m Debra Stefan, a lifelong fitness professional, and senior fitness trainer.

The success stories shared by my actual clients about amazing senior athletes serve as testimony to the benefits of exercise. At my senior fitness retreat, it’s never too late to set goals and achieve them.

Meet Sid Graber, the oldest runner in the Las Vegas marathon.

As his senior fitness trainer, I interviewed him in his 13th mile. Then he made history as the Las Vegas marathon oldest runner.

“Was it worth all the training and preparation?”

The training was really helpful. I wouldn’t have been this far if I hadn’t worked at it.

“You’re on the home stretch now!”

Yeah. I sure am thanks to you.

“How do you feel?”

Well, I’m a little sore and I’m tired. But, I’ll make it!

“You sure will.”

Amazing Senior Athletes by Senior Fitness Trainer, Debra Stefan

Sid Graber, an amazing senior athlete, and a former WWII Navy officer credits the Marines for his favorite inspirational quote.

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

For his 80th birthday, Sid crossed off the bucket list his first Grand Canyon hike from top to bottom (round trip)! He repeated it annually. Then he progressed to be the oldest runner in the Las Vegas Rock and Roll half marathon three years in a row. To date, this amazing senior athlete, Sid Graber is on record as the oldest runner in the Las Vegas marathon event. Watch the video to see him at mile 13 as he continues to climb a flight of stairs over the Las Vegas Strip, completing his journey. As he ascends the sky bridge, he waves at the camera. Victory is sweet.

Do you have a bucket list to achieve? No matter what your age, size, or challenge there is always a way to reach new goals. If an amazing senior athlete like Sid can reach his goals at age 86 as the oldest runner in the Las Vegas marathon, there is no doubt you can reach yours, too.

Sid was a pacesetter for amazing senior athletes. No doubt, his legacy will inspire others to earn the title of the oldest runner in the Las Vegas marathon.  As a senior fitness trainer, I was there to confirm that he was the first trendsetter.