Running strong at 81 years young, Anne Garrett is the American Age Group Record holder in the half marathon and 5k race. Congratulations Anne!
Born in Ireland, Anne came to California with her husband and daughters Jane and Joanne in 1968. “I never even thought of running, I didn’t even think I could run, nobody in my family had ever run, except maybe to catch a bus or a train. I just never knew I could run.” Anne doesn’t just run, she competes. She says, “I always like to pass people.” Amazingly, Anne didn’t run her first race until she was 72.
It’s not all records and races for Anne though, running gives Anne a sense of community “I have made so many friends through running. “ I’ll meet people in stores and they’ll say, “You’re Anne Garrett. I see you running over on Carlsbad Blvd.”
Equally, Anne inspires the community through volunteer work, “I go to the schools and talk to children about exercising and how good it is. Then we run together and they just love to try to beat me.”
“Goals can be reached no matter how big or small, official or personal, young or old, you’re never too old to challenge yourself, if it’s something you want, you can do it.”
• This year Anne ran a 2:13:32 at the Surf City USA Half Marathon in Huntington Beach CA for the record in the 80-84 age group!
• In 2012, Anne finished the Surf City USA Half Marathon with a 2:08:33 time and a pace of 9:49 per mile for the record in the 75-79 age group!
• Anne’s record 5k was at the 2012 Carlsbad 5000 with a time of 25:59. That’s an 8:38 minute per mile pace!
• Anne is the spokesperson for the Move Your Feet Before You Eat foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to health and fitness, targeting childhood obesity.