What do you hope to accomplish when you reach 100-years-old? Whatever it may be, Don Pellmann has set the bar, literally and physically. The 100-year-old from Santa Clara, Calif. recently set five world records at the San Diego Senior Olympics including becoming the first centenarian to break 27 seconds in the 100-meter dash and clear an official height in the high jump. Pellmann also set records in the men 100-and-over age group for the discus, shotput and long jump. You can see his performances in each of the five events in the video below. 

What’s his training regimen, you ask?

Pellmann told the New York Times that he’s measured out a 100-meter distance on the street outside of his home and sprints the distance at least once per week while timing himself. The other days, Pellmann goes on long walks. However, his wife, who is in her early 90s, revealed that her husband may not have the best diet in the world—he dished on fried macaroni and cheese the night before his record-setting performances and no vitamins. But he’s 100, and can still run… so the man should be able to have fried macaroni and cheese whenever the hell he wants.

Pellmann was a high jumper and gymnast in his youth, but when the Great Depression hit he quit the track team at a university in Wisconsin to get a job. He retired from a General Electric subsidiary in 1970 and, at the suggestion by one of his three children, Pellmann started participating on the masters track circuit. Being at his 127thmasters meet and based on his recent performance, Pellmann may not be slowing down anytime soon.



  1. New York Times: 100 Years Old. 5 World Records
  2. Times of San Diego: Dash of History: 100-Year-Old Sets 5 World Records