Having fun makes you enthusiastic and lively, Helly Visser (left), 79, says, and the Calgary runner who won gold in 400-, 800- and 1,500-metre races clearly has fun. She’s collected records as a master athlete since she began running at age 50 and has co-developed Natural Posture Running, a technique to increase efficiency, reduce injuries and teach good form. “Running transforms you,” Visser says. “It makes you mentally and physically strong and confident. It’s an adventure.” Quite a contrast from the 70-year-old friend who told Visser she felt too old to get out there and run.
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