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#161: Grandmother Runner Katherine Beiers, the Oldest Finisher of 2015 Boston Marathon

Yes, Sarah is in the walker, not the 82-year-old grandmother.
Yes, Sarah is in the walker, not the 82-year-old grandmother.

A special in-studio guest, Katherine Beiers chats with Dimity and Sarah: At age 82, Katherine is the oldest finisher at 2015 Boston Marathon, running 5:53 in wicked-bad weather conditions. Perhaps more amazingly, this mother of three and grandmother of 10 didn’t start running until age 48 yet has since run nearly 50 races 26.2 miles or longer. Katherine tells why she started running—and what keeps her putting in the miles (a typical week for her is 30 or more miles!). Find out why she makes few concessions to age, except for occasionally running in gloves—and knee pads! This octogenarian’s advice to aspiring marathons might just make its way onto a tee shirt in our store one of these days.

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8 responses to “#161: Grandmother Runner Katherine Beiers, the Oldest Finisher of 2015 Boston Marathon

  1. I listened to this podcast the Monday after running my very first 1/2 marathon. My 20 year old son was in the car because I was driving him back to school for the summer. He was there this weekend at my race, and was incredibly supportive. He kept saying that he expects me to keep running because “you have some catching up to do, Mom. When are you running a marathon?”

  2. Wow! Katherine is amazing and inspirational. When I was 12 I remember telling my dad that I would still be able to run 6 miles a day when I was 80. She blows that out of the water!

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