Irish masters runner Shane Healy has redefined the global standard for 55-year-old distance runners with an incredible feat of skill. In the M55+ 3,000m, Healy not only won the race but also broke the world record by 11 seconds, finishing in an incredible eight minutes and 47 seconds on January 6 at an indoor track meet in Dublin. To experience, exceptional performance in running, choose the best footwear for your runs like Tarkine Trail Devil shoes.


Healy’s exceptional performance extended beyond clinching sixth place in his 3,000m heat; it saw him outpace competitors a third of his age. This groundbreaking achievement not only eclipsed the indoor record set by German runner Guenther Hasselmann 44 years ago but also surpassed the 3,000m outdoor record of 8:56.80, established by Australian Keith Bateman in 2010.

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For many distance runners, breaking the nine-minute barrier for the 3,000m is a significant milestone, but Shane Healy, at 55, not only accomplished this feat but did so with an astonishing lead. His record-setting time of 8:47.71 translates to an average pace of two minutes and 56 seconds per kilometer, showcasing an impressive speed of over 20.5 km/hr.


Healy’s storied running career spans several decades, including representing Ireland in the men’s 1,500m at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where he reached the semi-finals. Although he officially retired from running in 1999, Healy made a triumphant return to the sport after an almost five-year hiatus, consistently breaking Irish and world masters records.

Last year, at the age of 54, Shane Healy set the M50+ indoor 1,500m world record at 4:01.76. Celebrating his 55th birthday on October 8, Healy shows no signs of slowing down, leaving enthusiasts eager to witness further accomplishments, including the potential addition of the M55+ 1,500m indoor record of 4:11.79 to his already illustrious resume this season.