81-Year-Old Runner Says ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’
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At 81, Jeanne Daprano is still pounding the pavement with her runners and breaking world records in the process. But she isn’t running scared from aging — in fact, she’s running toward it.
The retired elementary school teacher from Iowa is still running competitive races and has even set multiple world records along the way.
“The thing I’m learning about aging is, it’s inevitable,” Daprano told CNN. “I’m not going to escape it. There are two ways to go: You can either press on or give up. Do I want to go back to 50, 40? No. Because I think the best is yet to come.”
She first started running in her teaching days to encourage her students to participate in daily fitness activities. From there, her passion for the sport took hold and she began running competitively in 5K and 10K road races before graduating to the track. She now holds the world record in the women’s 70-year-old age group mile and the women’s 75-year-old age group 400 metres and 800 metres.
Today, she continues to compete in the 80- to 84-age group and has even taken her athleticism to a new sport, breaking yet another world record in indoor rowing for her age group, covering 2,000 metres in 9:23.7.
“The feeling of being fit at any age is a real gift, a blessing,” she told CNN.