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May 15, 2018 7:00 pm


Enjoy this panel discussion and learn what keeps these Super Seniors (average age of 77+) motivated and moving forward despite the turning of the calendar pages, and challenges thrown at them by life in general. They may even share some of their secrets as to what keeps them fit and future oriented in their 8th, 9th and 10th decades.

Betty Jean (BJ) McHugh (90s)
BJ is well known for her string of Single Age World Records, including her most recent W90 record (6:47:31) at the Honolulu Marathon (Dec 2017). We will try to get her to share her secrets. If you like Age Grading, consider BJ’s most recent record equates to a marathon time of 2:02:10!

Dr. Jack Taunton (70s)
Arguably, Jack is Dean of Running in Vancouver, with a best Vancouver Marathon of 2:25, completing 63 marathons in total, 30 of them under 2:30. Jack’s professional career is in medicine (40 years) and he served as Chief Medical Officer for the 2010 Olympics, attending 8 others as sport physician or CMO. He has been the founder or co-founder of running clubs and events including Lions Gate Roadrunners, Vancouver Marathon, Sun Run and Cunningham Seawall Race to name a few.

Rod Waterlow (80s)
Rod was a nationally and regionally ranked age group marathoner up to age 77, with sub-4:00 times well into his 8th decade. The past two years he has been working his way back from non-running injury, and showing the way through perseverance, while racing at shorter distances (for now). Hear how a fierce age group competitor has kept going so long and is fighting his way back to form.

Avril Douglas (70s)
A track athlete, Avril is also a holder of Single Age World Records and National Age Group records at distances of 100, 200 and 400m. She is an active member of Kajaks Track and Field Club and the Forever Young Group centred in Richmond (the very definition of active seniors).

Moderator – Dan Cumming (70s)
While an average runner, Dan still races at age 73, but has and still does put a great deal of time into the organizational side of running (RD of several races including the First Half Half Marathon), and coaching (Forerunners Learn To Run 5K Clinic). He loves writing about and studying running, as a blogger (Running in the Zone) and co-editor of a book by the same name.