BOSTON (CBS) – Katherine Beiers of Santa Cruz, Calif. won first place for her division in the Boston Marathon in 2017 when she was 84 years old.
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Now at 85, she is ready to add another Boston racing bib to her wall of accomplishments.
“Well Boston is the biggie, it really is,” Beiers said.
Katherine didn’t start running until she was 49. She was a librarian at a local university where they brought in a time management guru who kick started her running.
“He talked about no martini lunches to me, which to me is white wine at lunch. But he said you have to pump your heart cardio 12 minutes a day,” Beiers recalled.READ MORE: New robots help Mansfield distribution center workers become more productive, less fatigued
On her lunch hour, she started jogging laps around the track.
“It took me months to do a mile without stopping,” she said.
Then a group of runners invited her to keep up. In her early 50s, she completed her first marathon in Napa with her son.
Katherine has now run around 38 marathons. This will be her 14th Boston.MORE NEWS: Staff shortage at Greater Boston Food Bank impacting hundreds of food banks statewide
“It’s wonderful and extremely exciting and that’s what does it every year – you just want to go back,” she said.