We continually find examples of people over 50 doing extraordinary things. Some people are breaking Guinness World Records, others are quietly starting new companies, continuing to compete in sports or taking up new hobbies. We share these stories to inspire you to make the most out of your 2nd half of life. We also find relevant articles on travel, retirement, and health to share.
Doug Kurtis Achieves His 200th Marathon Goal
Doug Kurtis achieved his goal of running his 200th marathon in under 3 hours on the weekend of October 21st. Now 61, he plans to retire from competitive marathons.
“After 38 years of running marathons I’ve decided this is a good place to stop putting in the 70-mile-plus training weeks that it takes for me to run this fast,” Kurtis announced prior to his run.
Despite retiring competitively from marathons, Kurtis revealed that he will still be running, however it will be for his health, not for competition.
The “Groundpounders” of the Marine Corps Marathons
Only four men can say they’ve completed every single one of the 37 Marine Corps Marathons held in Washington, D.C. With their ages ranging from 67-75, they are determined to hold onto their record for the next race on October 27, 2013. So far, despite aging, surgeries, and once recovering from gunshot wounds, nothing has stopped them from running in these marathons.
Although their running times have gotten longer over the years, their determination to finish has not wavered. “None of the Groundpounders want to be the next one to drop out,” Matt Jaffe, aged 72 said. As each one of the “Groundpounders” have set their modest goal running times, their main concerns are clear, “They don’t want to start too fast, they worry about the temperature, and they want to avoid injury”.
As the Marine Corps Marathons has tested their running stamina in the past, it will do so once again, on this last weekend of October.
Mary’s Seasoning Sticks
73-year-old Mary Hunter is finally seeing her invention take off! An innovative marinating stick was first imagined 19 years ago, and after many set-backs, it is finally appearing in stores.
In fact, Mary’s marinating stick recently placed first in a TV show called, “Invention Hunters” where her clever cooking tool received raves from top chef Michael Ponzio. Mary credits God for giving her the blueprint for the idea, which consisted of a long tube, punched full of holes with hinges and a latch. Her now called “seasoning stick” will be on the shelves of target in the near future.
Have you ever been injured while being active? Did the injury make you change your exercise habits? Experts widely agree that exercise is a good thing, and boomers should not let injuries, or the fear of injury discourage them from pursuing an active lifestyle. The best advice, doctors say, is common sense.
“Listen to your body,” said Dr. Kevin Wing, President of the B.C. Orthopedic Association. Wing himself has seen an increase in older adults coming in with hip, knee, foot and ankle complaints; and although Wing admits many are due to the simple fact of aging, he said, “There is no doubt boomers today might be pushing their bodies to the limit.”
Doctors recommend that people know what the risks are for every activity, and do what they can to lower those risks, whether it be approved training, wearing appropriate gear, or playing within the rules.
Safety Video starring Betty White
In an effort to get people to actually watch their safety demonstrations before flying, Air New Zealand made a safety video starring Betty White. Do you think the ad, filmed in a retirement community, is funny or offensive? Go to our Facebook Page to share your comment.
Happy 55th Birthday to Viggo Mortensen on October 20th. He is well known for his role as Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings and recently appeared in The Road. In addition to acting, he is a photographer, artist and poet.
Happy 57th Birthday to Carrie Fisher on October 21st, who is best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.
Happy 71st birthday to Judge Judy on October 21st. Her show has already been on air for 18 seasons and has been renewed for another 3. When asked about retirement, she said “I’m not tired. I still feel engaged by what I do, and I still have people who like to watch it.”
Actor, Christopher Lloyd turns 75 on October 22. He is well known for his role as “Doc” in the Back to the Future trilogy.
Happy 85th Birthday to Marion Ross on October 25! Although she is best known for her role on Happy Days she has also appeared in everything from the original Hawaii 5-0, Brady Bunch, Love Boat, Night Court, Brooklyn Bridge, Touched by an Angel, Drew Carey Show, That 70’s Show, Gilmore Girls, Nurse Jackie, Grey’s Anatomy and Sponge Bob Squarepants.
Hillary Rodham Clinton turned 66 on October 26.Politics aside, she’s had an amazing career. After getting her law degree she became the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978 and the first female partner at Rose Law Firm in 1979. She was twice listed as one of the hundred most influential lawyers in America and cofounded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. She is currently speaking, working with the Clinton Foundation and writing another memoir.
Happy 68th Birthday to Jaclyn Smith on October 26. She was the only original Charlie’s Angel to appear in all five seasons. She then pioneered the concept of celebrities developing their own brands rather than merely endorsing others and now sells clothing, perfume, bedding and more.
Happy 52nd Birthday to Dylan McDermott on October 26. He is best known for his role on The Practice and the American Horror Story. He currently stars in Hostages and recently launched his first Photography Exhibition to support women who have suffered violent acts of aggression.