Tomorrow, Fri 11/16/12- Anne Garrett, a 78 year old runner, and American Age Group Record Holder, (75 – 79 yrs), is joining the kids for a Jog- a – thon, at Palmquist Elementary School in Oceanside; where a LARGE population of children are from Military families. (Happy to interview)
Will you come out and cheer them on?
8:30-9:00 1ST GRADE
9:15-9:45 2nd GRADE
9:55-10:25 4th GRADE
11:30-12:00 3rd GRADE
1:25 – 1:55 5th GRADE
(November 15, 2012)-- For Anne Garrett, giving back to others is just a part of her life. It's as natural as being active.
It's not surprising then that the 78-year-old record-setting runner from Oceanside has taken on a new role. She was recently named the official spokesperson for the Move Your Feet Before You Eat! Foundation.
The Carlsbad-based foundation was created to promote health and well-being through education programs, special events, and instructive coaching. It is for all ages, but its sharpest focus is on encouraging physical activity among young people who face an epidemic of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes that are an increasing threat, in part, because today's children aren't getting enough exercise.
Leading up to the 6th annual Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot in downtown Oceanside on Thanksgiving Day, Garrett is talking with students in area schools, encouraging them to enter the race as she tries to impart her passion for running and physical activity to a new generation.
“Life is what you make it,” Garrett recently told the Coast News Group. “I had a very good husband, a sound marriage and two wonderful children. I am fortunate to still be able to run along the coast and watch the waves and the birds. Life doesn’t get much better than that.”
For Garrett, being active as a child was just a way of life growing up in a small village in Northern Ireland. With her slight build, she maintained fitness all her life, eventually entering running events as a race walker shortly after turning 60, and switching to running at 72 years old. Her primary focus was caring for her husband, Jack, who was battling Alzheimer’s disease. After Jack died in January, Garrett began to devote more time to training as a runner.
In April, Garrett won her division at the Carlsbad 5000 in 25 minutes, 59 seconds. The time shattered the previous record holder for a 5K in her 75-79 age group by 13 seconds.
“People come up to tell me that I am an inspiration,” she said. “I don’t think I am, but it makes me feel good to know that I might be helping someone continue to do whatever it is they want to do.”
Now Anne Garrett hopes her new role with the Move Your Feet Before You Eat! Foundation will help reach even more people.
Registration for the Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot, which has become an Oceanside holiday tradition in its sixth year, is available at the event website: http://www.osideturkeytrot.com/.