8:59 am - Tuesday December 12, 2017

Older Coloradans: Run Half-Marathon

Coloradans in need of a tangible goal to nail those New Year’s resolutions of better health and fitness may find their motivation in a pair of running shoes.

The Colfax Half-Marathon is planned for May 18, and older Coloradans have the chance to get their entrance fees paid and even get help with a personal trainer to prepare for the run.

Jeremiah Mora, associate director of community outreach at AARP Colorado, explained why the organization is sponsoring an essay contest.

“Our reasoning for doing this,” he said, “was to encourage people who have dreams of running a marathon but didn’t know how to start to really kind of give them this opportunity so that they could take a chance and see what their ‘what-next’ might be.”

Coloradans age 50 and older can submit a short essay explaining why they’d like to train for the “Colfax Half” to AARP Colorado. The essays are due by Jan. 15.

Mora said AARP specifically would like to find someone who hasn’t been a life-long marathon runner, but rather someone who’s ready to embrace what he calls a “life re-imagined.”

“We want to find someone who doesn’t want to live a ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda,’ but it’s rather a time for them to ‘will, can and do’ – that ‘Will, Can and Do’ attitude.’ ”

Nationwide, races report an uptick in the numbers of older Americans running. More than half of the marathoners for the New York City Marathon are 40 or older. Health benefits of running include reductions in heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stress, as well as improved mobility and coordination.

Essay entries can be emailed to coaarp@aarp.org.

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