Margaret Hagerty is an amazing 88-year-old running diva. You might have heard of her since she has been in countless magazines and news stories. She is in the book of Guinness World Records, as “the oldest person to complete a marathon on each of the 7 continents at age 81” and has a huge room overflowing with trophies! The amazing thing is that Margaret didn’t even start running until the age of 64, after visiting a clinic to try to stop smoking!!
The trophies, medals and pictures she has collected over the years are awesome! It is amazing to hear her stories about running the marathon course of the original marathoner Phidippides, of the Mount Everest Challenge Marathon, or about the grueling Antarctica Marathon. You get the idea, I can not do her or all of her experiences justice in this short blog!
In her words, “trash self-doubt. Dare to be yourself!" Margaret quotes Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
|Margaret and I with her latest trophy from the Cooper River Bridge Run, April 2, 2011.|
Margaret says,“You do not know what is possible until you try the impossible and make a hard fought effort to succeed. You will be amazed at what you can achieve.”
She is an inspiration to everyone who sees her at the races. If you talk to her, you realize she is competitive and loves winning the age group awards at almost every race, she also finds friends wherever she goes. I am so glad I got to spend some time with Margaret; she has some wonderful stories, loves running and radiates determination.
She is truly one of my heroes!