Ironman: Memorial Hospital CEO still competing at highest level at age 65

Memorial Hospital CEO Phil Newbold often enjoys a run around the St. Joe River but his fitness workout is a little more involved than that.

You may remember, the story we did on Newbold back in 2007 tracing his amazing path through one of the most grueling athletic events in the world--the Ironman.

Newbold is now 65 and still going strong.

Well I just got back from Cozumel Mexico doing my 19th Ironman Triathlon," Newbold explains as he runs over the walking bridge over the St. Joe River. " A Fabulous experience."

Newbold was sporting his finisher's medal and finisher's shirt. After all, everyone wants proof that they competed in an Ironman.

What is an Ironman you ask?

"2.5 mile swim, about 112 miles on the bike and then we get to do a 26.2 mile marathon," Newbold says with a big smile.

And he's doing that at 65.

"It also keeps your pipes pretty clean and I think it's a good message for people that you can compete at a very high level well into your 60s and probably into your 70s as well as long as you take good care of your body," Newbold explains.

And he has no intentions of stopping any time soon.

"I've done 19 of these things now and I'm sure there's at least a few more in there so I'm going to continue into my 70s if i possibly can."

Yep. He's still. Michiana's Iron Man.


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