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IMG_6800_2See the story with video CLICK here¬†¬† While most people her age are playing bridge, an octogenarian is training for this year‚Äôs TCS NYC Marathon.¬†I joined¬†a marathoning Grandmother¬†from New Paltz¬†for a training run in Central Park. We started by her stretching ME out.¬† “Work work it girl one more stretch.” At 80 years old Geri Owens can show you a thing or two.¬† Make no mistake about it.¬† This marathoning grandmother has taught fitness in New Paltz for a couple decades ‚Äď she says runners are the best kind of people.

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¬†Geri explains marathoners just watch out for each other, “if¬†‘ faster than me you slow down and I speed up and if I speed up and you slow down.”¬†¬†She began running in the early 80s when her kids were all finally in school, explaining¬†“the fourth ¬†of my four children went to kindergarten‚Ķ. So now is my chance.” And she was good at it.¬† Winning her age division at track meets and even qualifying for the Boston Marathon!

Geri says, “I¬†think better I sleep better more energy more tolerance‚Ķ clean cabinets after running 13 miles? I don‚Äôt think so‚Ķ”¬†¬†Geri has finished races from subfreezing 9 degrees to sizzling 90 degrees!¬† Her challenge in this year‚Äôs 26.2 mile race ‚Äď finish under 7 hours as she pays tribute to those she has lost.¬†

Especially her siblings, “it‚Äôs the memory of my family‚Ķ lost brother to Alzheimer’s and¬†my sister died at 30,¬† my other sister at 57.¬†I just want to do it and cross the finish line for them and I will get there because of them.”

Her strategy on race day is ‚Äď high fiving kids on the course!¬† See you at the finish Geri and Goodluck from TEAM ABC7!¬† See her story on http://www.7online.com

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