Libby James Tops the Masters Charts | Running Times

Running Times profiles Libby James:  The Colorado 77-year-old’s 2013 performances exceed world-record efforts

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Libby James ran one of the best races of her life at the 2013 Disney World Half Marathon in January, to finish in 1:45:52 (1:46:08 gun time). Her age-graded score of 103.75 percent topped all other performances of 2013 of any age or gender.

“I had 16 relatives running the Thanksgiving Day run with me in downtown Ft. Collins,” she says. “It’s a 4-miler and I finished right in the middle of my six grandsons, three ahead of me and three behind me. To me, that’s the legacy of having run all this time, that my kids and my grandkids run. I love that. And yeah, I feel older, and yeah, it does get harder. But I guess I’ll keep doing it as long as I can.”

Libby James Sets World Record at Walt Disney Half Marathon

 Records set at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend | Runner’s World 

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“A 76-year-old woman ran a 1:45:56 half-marathon last weekend at the Walt Disney World Half-Marathon, breaking the previous age group world record for women between the ages of 75-79.

Libby James, 76, of Fort Collins, Colorado, blew away the previous record of 1:55:19 set in 2009 by Ginette Benard.”