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Last race for oldest runner at the Hodag Run for Your Life race Submitted: 06/23/2018
RHINELANDER - Northwoods runners hit the trails for the Hodag Run for Your Life race.

One runner in particular served as inspiration to her competitors.

Many people run to improve their time or speed, but for Carol Burton, running keeps her feeling young.

"I just consider it a health challenging," said Carol Burton, the oldest runner in the race. "I enjoy testing myself although I am 85 so I have decided this is my last one."

Carol ran in her 8th Hodag Run for Your Life race.


But even though she won't be racing anymore, she'll still be running.

"It makes you feel healthy and enlivened after you are through," she said. "You don't always feel like starting it but you feel good when you finish."

Race organizers say her involvement was an inspiration.

"It's awesome that we have so many age groups out running," said Lauren Sackett, the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. "It's great for their mission and it's definitely nice to see all of the people in our community get involved."

Carol believes no matter how old you may be, staying active isn't very hard.

"Start walking, do it that way," she said. "And continue it through your life. It will be an easy thing to do and it will keep you healthy."

Though Carol was the oldest, she was one of three runners in their eighties.

They all crossed the finish line with a smile on their face. 


Story By: Mazie Vincent

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