On her 78th birthday, Anne Garrett from Oceanside, CA, crossed the finish line of the 2012 Surf City USA Half Marathon, coming in first in her age group with a 2:08:33 time and a pace of 9:49 per mile, catapulting her into the top 1% of runners in the country based on age-graded percentages.
“I did my last half marathon in January of 2010. It took a long time to recover and I said I’d never run another half. When I realized Surf City was being held on my birthday this year, I decided to sign up for it. I wasn’t sure how I would hold up for this one, but I was very pleased when I finished in the time I did. I felt better this year than I did two years ago,” said Garrett.
Garrett is no stranger to record setting. Last April, she came in first for the 75-79 division at the Carlsbad 5000. Her time was 25:59, shattering the national record for a 5K in her age group by 13 seconds.
Anne has race in every O’side Turkey Trot since 2006. Anne’s time at the 2012 O’side Turkey Trot was 25:09, which would have been an age group record, except that the trot course has a downhill slant to it making the course ineligible for setting records.
An active child growing up in a small village in Northern Ireland, Garrett always maintained a slight build. It wasn’t until age 60 that she began pursuing race walking as a sport and entering running events as a race walker. Twelve years later, she decided to pick up the pace while walking the Surf City USA Half Marathon and surprised herself when she ran the rest of the race with a finishing time of two hours, five minutes and 36 seconds. At 72 years old, she had become a runner and has since competed in countless races.
In 2011, Garrett became the spokesperson for the Move Your Feet Before You Eat! Foundation, a Carlsbad nonprofit dedicated to health and fitness, targeting childhood obesity via education and fitness programs. Garrett currently speaks at schools and senior centers throughout North County to inspire both Grandchildren and Grandparents to lead healthy active lifestyles..
“I want them to know they can still be out there enjoying life when they’re my age and older. I tell them of the wonderful friends I have made running and walking, and how much better I feel mentally and physically,”
Oceanside Senior Expo Information:
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Move Your Feet Before You Eat! Foundation: http://www.kinaneevents.com/
Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot –
The 7th Annual PMCU O’side Turkey Trot expects to draw close to 10,000 runners and walkers to downtown Oceanside and the pier area. The event benefits the Move Your Feet Before You Eat! Foundation and schools and non profits that benefit Oceanside residents and encourage a healthy active lifestyle.
About Kinane Events:
Kinane Events is a full service agency which currently manages many of Southern California's largest running/walking events. Kinane Events has produce three of the top 100 largest road races in the U.S. The company is recognized nationally for their attention to detail as well as their passion for listening to the needs of participants and sponsors.
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