Growing Older With Trail Running: Advice from a 70-Year-Old Athlete

Growing Older With Trail Running: Advice from a 70-Year-Old Athlete
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Words of wisdom by ATRA contributor Laura Clark (pictured above). Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Above photo by Joe Viger Photography.

It used to be if you just made it to the 70-year-old age group fairly intact, you were pretty much guaranteed an impressive medal collection to pass down to your grandkids. Not anymore. As athletes have worked their way though and beyond Title IX, eighty has become the new seventy. I was fortunate. Teetering on the diving board, I hit the trend when it was just beginning to boomerang and captured the merry-go-round ring of a seventy year-old podium finish at the World Championship Snowshoe Races. But even when I did so, the recognition was bittersweet, as elbowing nearby were several of my 69-year-old friends who were ever so much faster. Still…it was a great year!

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