Nothing But a Number

Octogenarian Bob Keller is Still Running Strong

At 80 years old, qualifying Team USA member and world championship runner Bob Keller has run about 950 races. He’s shooting to finish 1,000 in 2014. With an average of 900 miles of running a year, this should be a cinch. 

A Chicago native, Keller moved countless times during his years in the Coast Guard and his job at General Mills. Now retired, he’s proud to call Tallahassee home. 

Keller has always been a huge fan of athletics, playing baseball and football. Until two years ago, he never missed a Florida State football or basketball game for 30 years straight. While in high school, Keller received a football scholarship to play at Bradley University in Illinois. He played college ball for a short time until he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and was stationed in Oahu, Hawaii, to fight in the Korean War. 

While Keller — with his bright blue eyes and kind smile — may be an octogenarian, don’t let his age fool you. He is still full of life, and he has not only the motivation but also the determination to keep going.

Keller is a member of Team Triattic, Gulf Winds Track Club and the Gulf Winds Triathlon Club.

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