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9/9/12 7:04 A

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Wow, great thread! I love stories like this. Honestly, I think that I get more inspiration from the Seniors then anyone else. I want to be one of them!
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9/8/12 10:24 A

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She's amazing! I read her autobiography a year or so ago, and it was such an inspiring story.

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8/31/12 10:48 A

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Thank you for this inspiring story! Go Team go!

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8/30/12 10:39 A

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I love inspiring stories about older athletes! I worked with Senior Olympics at one time in a job I had and went to the New Mexico state games with 1600 athletes age 50 and over. There was one amazing 100 year old gentleman who still competed in archery and shuffleboard. I was talking with his son who told me how hard it was on the older man when he had to give up running at age 95!
Senior Olympics have all sorts of competition from shuffleboard, horseshoes, 8-ball pool, bowling, the things you'd expect to bike racing, track and field events, swimming, and so on. There are state and local games every year and national games every 2 years. You have to qualify at local games to go to state, and at state games to qualify for nationals. I loved working with those. This was long before I had heard so much about the long distance runners and triathaletes that are older, so it was a new world to me at that time. There were a couple of little older ladies at the swimming who couldn't hardly walk but when they hit the water they were like fish and amazing. There were also a lot of really amazing looking athletes in the 80's and 90's. And some amazing pole vaulters of varying ages also. Growing older doesn't have to mean growing weaker. I'm 57 now and stronger than I ever was in my younger years!
There was a show on the Discovery Fit & Health channel a couple of years ago that was called something like "Are you fitter than a senior?" or something like that. It took younger people in their early 20's or so from Britain, and brought them to retirement communities in the US and had them stay a week with someone and eat what they ate and trained like they trained, then at the end of the week had a competition between the younger ones and the older ones. It was amazing how well some of those retirees did and how much the younger ones struggled with changes in lifestyle (they weren't living healthy lifestyles before they went). Hopefully they were inspired to change their ways by spending time with the older ones who were so healthy and athletic.

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The race was the Bluegrass 10,000 in Lexington, KY. The lady's name is Virginia Bell. Here is the link to the race results....

http://resultsarchive.active.com/pages/s
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tate=KY&queryType=arbitrary&orgID=2163
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Her name is right below mine! Sadly (for me), all of the 70 year old ladies finished before me! In my defense, I'm am just starting to get back into shape after being overweight and having 2 MCL surgeries... Hope to be faster next year! On a brighter note, my daughter (Mary Kate Dowdy) ran the race in 49:11! And her cross-country coach came in second (by 8 seconds) 11 weeks after her baby was born with a time of 39:13! I have great role models!

Teri - Lexington, KY

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TERI, Which 5K was that? I'd love to read that "90" in the results!

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Loved the story! Thanks for sharing! Desire, daring, determination, dedication, doing... sounds like a plan to me. I participated in a 10K on July 4th and a "little gray-haired lady" crossed the finish line ahead of me, although her chip-time was 6 seconds slower than mine... but she was 90! This was the 36th annual race and she had completed ALL of them... hope that I can do as many!

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8/29/12 5:28 P

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WOW!! I love stories like that! Isn't that why we're all here? To live a long and healthy life?

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8/29/12 2:27 P

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I've heard brief mentions of her before but loved reading this article!

Linda

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8/29/12 11:15 A

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Wow Great Story. Thanks for sharing.

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8/29/12 1:18 A

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How about 81-year Don Taylor. He's one of the only guys in his age range doing ultras. I actually got to chat with him for awhile as were both running the Harpers Ferry HM at the same speed for several miles. He was happy to chat with me! Here's a few minutes of video of him doing a marathon last year.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNXD3p92RJc

I didn't take this video but I'm pleased to report that he's as pleasant in person as he was in this video. Incidentally, both the marathon in this video and the HM where I met him are very hilly. That guy is tough!



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8/29/12 12:23 A

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She has been on my hero list along with Faujah Singh (101 year old marathoner).

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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8/29/12 12:23 A

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Wow - Thanks for sharing!

"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers."
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8/29/12 12:08 A

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I read the most interesting story today about a NUN who is an IRONMAN Triathlete. Not only that she is 80 years old! Quite an achievement.


www.tonic.com/post/80-year-old-siste
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