Here's How Older Runners Are Running Longer Than Ever Before

Now, more than ever before, running is considered a lifelong sport. Just ask Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins, a 102-year-old who just set a world record on March 18 for the 60-meter dash in the women's 100-plus age competition at the USA Track and Field Masters Indoor Championships in Landover, Maryland. You could also check in with her male counterpart, Orville Rogers, 100, who smoked the competition on the way to a men's world record in the same distance.

OK, so we might not be as genetically blessed as Hawkins or Rogers, but even if we can't set world records, we'd like to keep running well into our golden years. The care it takes to remain healthy and motivated begins in middle age.

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We asked runners over 40 years old questions about their running careers to this point. We wanted to know how they got started and how they keep going. While the answers varied, there were some common trends. The two biggest reasons why people started running were to lose weight and because a friend got them into it. And, not surprisingly, the greatest challenges to running consistently are finding time and battling injuries.

But the best insights came from each runner's unique personal story. Here are a few of those stories and the best tips to help you in the long game.

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