An Englewood man is turning 90 this week and he doesn’t want cards or cake to mark the occasion. He’s celebrating another year in a unique way and inspiring others to get active at any age.
“I would advocate it to anybody really at any age,” said Harry Radebaugh.
He didn’t discover his love of cycling until later in life, around 70.
“I was impressed with Harry when I first met him and found out at the time he was 82 years old and that he was cycling,” said his friend Peter Dowling.
Now, the 89-year-old spends several days a week riding around his Englewood neighborhood.
“I’m still quite healthy,” he said. “I feel good.”
So to celebrate his birthday week, “I said when I get to be 90, I’ll do 90 miles,” Radebaugh said.
So, he rode 90 miles in one day.
“The fact that he did 90 miles on his 90th birthday just kind of blows me away,” Dowling said. “I am just so very impressed.”
Radebaugh said he did the 90 miles all in one shot. “I went to bed that night and I slept well, of course,” he said.
He hopes his miles inspire others to get active and discover a new passion at any age.
“So far, I’m doing very well,” he said. “I’m active enough that I can get out and do things.”
This Thursday, he’s got another 90-mile ride planned, but this time on a motorcycle — enjoying the Southwest Florida scenery and another trip around the sun on two wheels.
He says he regularly cycles with members of his community in their 50s or older. He also plans to ride for his 100th birthday in 2030.