I've always liked to run; it has made me feel so free

I've always liked to run; it has made me feel so free. When I was in high school, we lived five miles away from my school, and sometimes I would run to school in the morning and back home again at night.

When I was seventy-three years old, I read about an uphill race in New Hampshire. I prayed to know if it would be right for me to run the race. Indications were that it would be. So I filled out the form, and ran. And I won first place in the "over fifty" age-group. Then in the spring of 1988 I ran in the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts. It was not until afterward that I found out I was the oldest female to run and finish that marathon. "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Heb. 12:1).

May 1, 1995

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