Several seniors are proving it’s never too late to go the distance when it comes to staying fit. Summit senior care professionals discuss the lives and accomplishments of 4 marathon runners who are holding their own in some of the most challenging races out there. Not only do they look amazing, but they’re also showing the world optimal fitness can be attained at any age.
1. Ginette Bedard
Ginette Bedard of New York City is currently 83 years old. However, age didn’t stop her from running a grueling 26.2-mile course in 2016. In fact, Bedard makes sure to get in a daily run in her hometown of Howard Beach, Queens, rain or shine. She started running to boost her physical and mental health in 1970, but didn’t complete her first marathon until she was 69.
2. Cindy Peterson
Cindy Peterson is 76 and hails from New Jersey. In 2013, she finished the NYC marathon in 6 hours and 22 minutes, averaging just over 4 miles an hour. Peterson finished her first marathon in 1994 and loved the challenge so much that she cofounded a local running group for women 50 and over called Mercury Masters.
3. Fauja Singh
Fauja Singh currently holds the world record for being the oldest marathon runner. In a single day and at the age of 100, he accomplished 8 world records in long distance running for his age group. A staunch vegetarian, Singh is also the oldest person to be featured in a PETA animal rights campaign. Following his retirement in 2013, Singh made a surprising comeback in 2016 at age 105 to complete the Mumbai Marathon.
4. Harriett Thompson
Having completed a marathon at the age of 92 and in just over 7 hours, Harriett Thompson is currently hailed as the world’s oldest female marathon runner. A two-time cancer survivor and a recent widow, Thompson attributes her perseverance and grit to her experience in rising above the challenges life has thrown her way. She looks forward to lacing up and running marathons again throughout 2017.
Running can be a great way for your elderly loved one to exercise, and there are plenty of other strategies for maintaining good health in the golden years. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers can assist with physical activity, cook healthy meals, and help with a wide variety of daily household tasks. We also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and dementia care Summit seniors trust and rely on. For more information on our elder care services, please call one of our friendly Care Managers at 908.450.9400 to schedule a free in-home consultation.