I Will Walk 500K

Participating in one hundred 5k run/walk events is impressive but even more so at 64 years old.  Martha Baker, who started participating in run/walk events seven years ago, will be achieving her 100th 5k walk this month.

Martha originally participated in a run/walk event as just a walker seven years ago.  Seeing that no one in her age group received a medal as a runner, she decided to try another race signed up as a runner and won a medal. “And I was kinda hooked then,” Martha said.

She then started signing up for all different kinds of 5k run/walks, all supporting local causes.  Her passion led her to 20 different counties and 5 states to participate in various events.  Averaging around one race a month with a few more in the spring and fall, Martha met many new people and developed friendships with many of the other racers.  She has even done half marathons and participated in events dressed in a Santa outfit.

Although she never prepares or trains for an event, she still wins medals as she usually the only one participating in her age group signed up as a runner.  “It gets in your blood,” Martha said.  Even though she usually just walks during the events, she could run unlike when signing up as a walker where participants aren’t allowed to run.

Her 99th race will be the Eric Chrisman Memorial 5k next Saturday with her 100th on September 24th at 9am at the county park as part of the Lions Club Run for Sight 5k.  Many of her family and friends plan to see her cross the finish line for her hundredth time.

For more information about the Lions Club Run for Sight and to sign up, check out their website.

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