33 Years Running: Niagara University Professor Celebrates Jogging Milestone
The date was June 4, 1985.
On a day when Ronald Reagan was still settling in for his second presidential term and most Americans were listening to “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears, or flocking to movie theaters to see Fletch or Brewster’s Millions, Dr. Tim Osberg went for a jog.
Then 29, and about to begin his fourth year as a faculty member in Niagara University’s psychology department, Dr. Osberg set out for a two-mile run along Tonawanda Creek.
And he hasn’t stopped. Not literally, of course, but Dr. Osberg has now jogged at least two miles a day every day for 33 years and counting (except for a five-week stretch while recovering from hernia surgery in 2011).
Think about it: Dr. Osberg, now age 62, has a daily running streak that’s older than LeSean McCoy. When Dr. Osberg laced up his sneakers on that 65-degree Tuesday in Buffalo, Gilbert Perreault was still captaining the Sabres. The world hadn’t yet gone Back to the Future with Marty McFly – the first time.