Charles Allie annihilates two long-sprint world records in M65

Charles Allie of Pittsburgh has been a superstar for decades, but quietly and with classy understatement. But his latest statement, a couple weeks after turning 65, deserves some pretty loud cheers. At a Potomac Valley Track Club meet early this month, he shattered world records in the 200 and 400, with astonishing times of 24.85 and 56.28 — bettering listed WRs of 25.20 by American Steve Robbins in 2008 and 56.37 by German legend Guido Müeller in 2004. See results here. Charles, a Houston Elite teammate of Bill Collins, also ran the 100 (into a wind) in 12.40. His 200 had a tiny aiding wind. And what do the Age-Graded Tables say about these marks? They are worth 19.37 and 43.28 for an open runner. Happy belated birthday, Charles. Nice little celebration.

Charles signals double dip with fellow sprint great M75 Larry Colbert (left).

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September 12, 2012

38 Responses

  1. Nolan Shaheed - September 12, 2012

    Congratulations Charles. You have ALWAYS been the most under rated sprinter in the world and the most UN-appreciated too.

    You’ve always run in a BIG shadow but have always come out ahead age graded. No one seems to notice that though but keep setting those records brother.

  2. george haywood - September 12, 2012

    Charles, you have done it again. You have broken world records that were established by two of our sports greatest runners, Robbins and Mueller, and in doing so you have reconfirmed what has been obvious for some time now. You are among the legends of our sport, one of the greatest masters runners ever.


  3. Freddy Worthington - September 13, 2012

    Congrats Charles!! It has been an honor for me to be on the track competing against you and always eating your dust. :-)

  4. Rick Riddle - September 13, 2012

    Mr. One-Speed,
    Those age graded times say it all. I am always happy for you and I remain your biggest fan. As George says, your place among the legends is secure – and you have always done it with grace and humility.
    Carry on. The rest of us will watch from behind.

  5. Stephen Robbins - September 13, 2012

    Charles–Congrats on those great times. That 100 record will be yours, too, very soon. Just stay healthy.

  6. Peter Taylor - September 13, 2012

    The meet was the Potomac Valley Games on Labor Day Weekend at Falls Church High School, Falls Church, Virginia. I had the pleasure of announcing Charles in all three of his races; his two world records were set in lane 6 of the 6-lane track.

    Charles came to the meet to break the 200 and 400 records, and he did. Thus, I was a bit surprised that he ran the 100 before those other two races, but that’s Charles.

  7. Renee Henderson - September 13, 2012

    Great run Charles. Congratulations my hometown running buddy. Btw – Don’t ever, EVER run 300′s with Charles at track practice.

  8. Paul Brown - September 13, 2012

    Congrats Charles on the World Records. When I grow up I want to be just like you! Perhaps more amazing than your talent is your skilled longevity.

  9. Dave Hockersmith - September 13, 2012

    Simply unbelievable..but that’s what I think every time I see Charles run. He’s a great runner and great person. Hope I can grow up to be half that fast when I’m 65. Based on his rate of decline his 70 year old times will be very similar.

  10. Mark Cleary - September 13, 2012

    Charles you reamain one of my top three favorite all time Masters track athletes because you are such a classy guy on and off the track-Cheers my friend!

  11. Roger Pierce - September 13, 2012

    Anyone who follows Masters Track knows what you have done in the past and should not be surprised at what you just did. You are astonishing!!!
    Well done my friend.

  12. James Chinn - September 13, 2012

    Charles is incredible, congrats.

  13. Horace Grant - September 13, 2012

    Charlie, what a continued honor to run on the same team with you! Remarkable running man! You are the most consistent sprinter of our time. You have set some tough 400 records my friend. Congrats!

  14. tOnY yOuNg - September 13, 2012

    from the middle – long distance crowd —- WOW!!

  15. Charles Allie - September 13, 2012

    To all of my fellow track athletes, friends, and teammates: I am truly appreciative of all the kind words of acknowledgment which you have expressed on my most recent track accomplishments.
    Winning and setting records may come and go, but developing such great relationships with the Masters
    athletes from all over, is truly a wonderful experience that will continue to endure, and outlast any track performance.

    It is really an honor to be a part of the Masters program during the past 25 years, both on and off the track.A special acknowledgment to Steve Robbins in giving me something to aim for, and keeping the records in the USA.

    By the way, I just received the my results from the US Anti-Doping Agency, on Sept. 10, by email, and they were ‘NEGATIVE’ I’ve been tested twice during the past 2 years after winning the 400m. Hopefully, I may not have to endure another test after setting the records. If so, that’s not a problem.

    Everyone stay healthy, see you soon.

  16. Michael Daniels - September 13, 2012

    Congradulations. We know those records are just the beginning of the next four years. Who knows you may try the 800 or pentathon someday.

  17. Mike Sullivan - September 13, 2012

    Mr. Allie,
    Two World Records the SAME DAY! That is Amazing Charles….
    May get in touch for some training tips…

  18. Charles Allie - September 13, 2012

    Husband! After all of these years, I still enjoy watching you run! I am so happy for you in breaking those records! You deserve it; you work really hard. Keep it up!


  19. Leo Sanders - September 13, 2012

    Leo, sorry I meant Charles! Big Brother nothing about you is a surprise. When I grow up, I truly want to be just like you! It is such a pleasure knowing you and the superlative example you provide as an inspiration to all who witness your awesome accomplishments! Although a lot of people sometimes call me Charles and you Leo – I think Oscar Peyton set the record right by saying “Charles is older, shorter and faster”. Great job Big Brother!!!

  20. Nolan Shaheed - September 13, 2012

    I want to remind everyone that Charles ran the 400 a whole second faster a few weeks before in Lilse!!!!!

  21. Peter Taylor - September 13, 2012

    Speaking of Lisle, the photos of that meet just went up on the USATF web site. There are two nice ones of Charles. Of course, he was 64 at Lisle, 65 at Potomac Valley. Hard to believe how good he is … If he comes to Landover in March I will have to come up with a new introduction for him.

  22. Craig Davis - September 13, 2012

    Charles: GREAT JOB and I am sure in your usual manor, SMOOTH !!!! “ONE SPEED” … Now, this accomplishment reminds me of the question Rick Riddle asked you at dinner at Lisle Champs. At what point do you decide to stop competing in Track & Field. If I remember correctly, you said just as long as you can still put up respectable times!!! Based on the age grading you can go well beyond 100+ age group. Proud to be your team mate !!!!

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  24. Oscar Peyton - September 13, 2012

    Way to go Charles. I was scheduled to compete there but could not make it to witness those amazing runs.
    Maybe, I will be around for your next one.

  25. Don Cheek - September 13, 2012

    Hi Charles–just our brief time together at San Sebastian, Spain told told me you were put together for great accomplishments. You truly deserve to enjoy the fruit of your labor—in addition to being a great ambassador for masters track. Even at 82, you younger athletes are inspiring. Congratulations. Don Cheek

  26. Anthony Treacher - September 14, 2012

    Charles. A wonderful achievement! Hearty congratulations from Europe.

  27. Levasseur - September 14, 2012

    Are you sure this guy is 65? he seems 20

  28. Bob Lida - September 14, 2012

    Absoultely fantastic. Charles was something to behiold in Lisle, and seems to get better with age.

  29. kevin morning - September 14, 2012

    A huge congrats to you! There is no one more humble yet always prepared to run on any given day. When I grow up I want to be like you!

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  31. Peter Taylor - September 14, 2012

    Charles Allie:

    Set world outdoor record in 400 (52.24) at age 55.
    Set American outdoor mark in 400 (54.29) at age 61.
    Set world outdoor record in 400 (56.28) at age 65.

    Remarkable, but what stands out for me as an announcer is that Charles is always there. I must have announced him in 300+ races over the years.

    I just took a quick look at the record holders. I can’t think of any other American sprinter who has participated in as many big meets in the U.S. as Charles has and done so in such brilliant fashion.

    I believe that Charles stands alone for consistent high-powered performances over a period of many years in an overwhelming number of meets. Maybe somebody can think of someone else. If not, I will give Charles the prize.

  32. Matt B. - September 14, 2012

    Ken the 400 doesn’t age grade to 43.28 but 44.55. Amazing all the same. Not sure what calculator you are using.
    Other marks by Charles:
    His age 55 52.24 = 44.05 (98.02%)
    His 54.29 at age 61 = 44.06 age graded. (98%)
    Fred Sowerby’s 52.46 at age 56 = 43.96 (98.22%)
    Age 70 Guido Muller 59.34 = 43.43 or 99.42%
    Ralph Romain’s 52.52 at age 58 = 43.45 (98.38%)
    In fact, the top mark belongs to Ralph at age 63 with his 53.88 just shy of 100% at 99.98% age graded 43.19 Just shy of MJ’s 43.18
    An equivalent mark for a 65 year old would require 54.56

    Oh -I stand corrected Hugh Coogan at age 76 on Nov 5th last year ran a 1:04.1 400 DOB: August 15, 1935 = 41.86!! or 103.14% equal to just about a 52.89 at age 65.

  33. Sid Howard - September 14, 2012


  34. David Neumann - September 14, 2012

    Charlie, I have watched you run for many years, in awe at your incredible performances, and with admiration at your down to earth demeanor. Many congratulations.

  35. Cornell - September 19, 2012

    Wow! Another great master’s competitor to look up to. Thanks!! Your buddy and my brother-in-law Ronald ‘Tweet’ Holmes sends his congratulations.

  36. Ron Johnson - September 21, 2012

    Brother Charles, for those of us who know you… great as you are on the track, you are even greater outside the track arena. You are consistently considerate and kind. I am proud of you and glad to be considered your friend.

  37. Ed Winslow - September 26, 2012

    Catching up on my Masters These times are amazing Charles!

  38. Rudy Briscoe - December 6, 2013

    congrats Charles. keep up the good work. we know training is not easy at our age.

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