We'd like to welcome one of our newest members to the club. Rebecca Tracy is a 65-year-old runner living in Raymond, who started running about 13 years ago for health reasons and has since ran many races.
"I began running shortly after having surgery for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). in 2007. Prior to that, I had poor balance and sometimes fell. Once I got “back on my feet” I started running 5ks 10ks and everything in between. I’ve run 3 half marathons but probably won’t do any more. 13.1 takes too much out of me. However, this year, I will be part of a 4 person relay team at the Maine Marathon. I’m very active in the Southern Maine Running Community and recently joined the 65+ Run Club. For the last 8 years or so, I’ve run 45-55 races a year, summer and winter. I’m not fast but I finish...and as the photo shows, I like bright colors. I’ve been known to end up dead last and still win my age group. Getting old has its benefits."
She says that her favorite race is the Longfellow Frostbite 2.5k, because "just when you're getting tired, it's over". However, her most memorable race was her first Beach to Beacon 10k, since the neurologist who diagnosed her NPH was on the sidelines cheering her on.
And her advice to other runners is simply, "Enjoy the run!"
Thanks, Rebecca! Good luck at your next race, and we hope to see you at a future Central Maine Striders event!
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Rebecca after finishing the Lake Auburn Half Marathon
Rebecca making good use of her Striders beanie and gloves in the Longfellow Frostbite 2.5k. (Photo by Maine Running Photos)