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El Paso runner, 72, 12th fastest runner in the world for age group

EL PASO, Texas – An El Paso man proves that you can never be too old hit the track and run.

Ernie Bautista, 72, is the 12th fastest 800-meter runner in the world for his age group.

He’s competed in numerous races and world championships and has received just as many medals along the way.

He said health problems held him back from running for a while, but now, the El Pasoan says he’s back to racing across the county and would like more support from his community.

“I opened an account with El Paso Teachers Credit Union. If anyone wants to call, you can call me anytime, and I need support because it costs me a lot just to go out there,” Bautista said.

Bautista said he often preaches to senior citizens about the importance of taking care of themselves.