70-Year-Old Woman Won The Running Marathon And Became A World’s Champion In Her Age Group
Running is one of those rare sports activities that have no age limits. In childhood, we run just for fun, and as we become older, we understand other numerous benefits of running on our physical and mental health.
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Some people mistakenly suppose they are too old to start running in their 50's or 60's. But the thing is that it’s never too late to start!
This 70-year-old woman started running to lose weight, but eventually, she won a marathon and became a world’s champion in her age group.
A 70-year-old woman became a marathon winner
Meet Jeannie Rice from Ohio. She is 70 and she works as a realtor. Rice was born in Korea, but she moved to America when she 19.
70yr old Jeannie Rice set a new World Record for the Marathon in her age group, she clocked 3h27m50s in the Chicago Marathon.... #ageless#amazing#runforlife pic.twitter.com/CMybzkMo4n— TheRunHub (@TheRunHub) October 18, 2018
Once, Jeannie decided to visit her relatives in Korea. To her big surprise, when the woman returned back home, she discovered she gained seven pounds.
You go to visit cousins and aunts, and they think you are starving in America. We had to eat to be polite.
Jeannie took up running to lose weight. Pretty soon, she started to make progress. In 1984, she debuted her first marathon in Cleveland.
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At the age of 70, Rice took part in her 116th marathon in Chicago. She set a new record and became the world’s champion in her age group.
Rice says she doesn’t consider her age to be an obstacle to reach new heights. She commented on her victory:
I don’t want to just participate; I want to win.
Half a lifetime ago, Jeannie Rice took up running to lose a few pounds. On Oct. 7, she smashed a world's record, running a marathon 7 1/2 minutes faster than had ever been recorded for a women 70 or older. Two days later, she was back at work, in heels https://t.co/tyfea2ho1P ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/06Vd7cc8w4— David Beard (@dabeard) October 15, 2018
It’s never too late to start running
As you see, age is just a number. All worries and limitations exist only in your head. Running is not just a great way to keep in good shape, but to make new friends, and even to set new records.
Here is another motivational story of an 85-year-old marathon runner, Ed Whitlock, who broke the previous record for people 85+ by over 30 minutes.
Do you still hesitate to start running? Don’t be afraid! Even if you don’t set a new record, you’ll enjoy the process and feel 20 years younger than your age. Just start and you’ll be surprised what you are capable of.
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