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Mar
09

Old Lady Takes on All Comers


Her family calls her “Amazing Grace” because the 91 year old Grace Foster continues to astound those around her, most recently when she broke a track and field record. Her time of 26.95 seconds in the 60-meter sprint for women ages 90 to 94 shattered the previous mark by nearly five seconds! The previous record – 31.82 seconds – was set last year at the World Indoor Masters Championships in France.

I didn’t even know they had record books for people that old. Isn’t every day a record-setting appearance at that point?

Greg Foster, her son who coaches track at the high school level was the one to suggest his aged mother enter the meet. “I’ve done masters track, and when I’m there I’d see older people in their 70s and 80s and they’d be moving around,” Greg Foster said. “I would think about my mom chasing her grandkids and I really thought she could beat some of those people [in a race]. I thought that she could be an inspiration to so many people and she’s an inspiration to me.”

“I’ve been walking for years, and I’ve always exercised, but this was my first track meet,” Grace said.

Foster isn’t done yet, she has 2 other meets planned for later this year, and she intends to break her record. “I’m hoping to. I believe that whatever I do next, I’ll be the winner.”

Meanwhile, I was at a dance party on Friday and am only now not sore anymore. Sigh.

[Philly Burbs]


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