PROFILE--Kevin Stevens has been running (and triathlon-ing) for 46 years


(August 2019) Kevin Stevens has a fearless attitude honed from years in the military that has guided her to: set up her own sports nutrition consulting company, become a Yoga instructor, complete her first of four Ironmans at age 55, and take up ultra marathons at 62. And through it all she raised a bunch of kids. Kevin hails originally from Missoula Mt and currently lives in Spokane WA. "Running will always be there, no matter what my pace," she says. "People tell me I don't look 62, so I guess it is working."

Career/Profession: I have been a Registered Nurse for 33 years, with 24 of those years on active duty in the Air Force. I am also a Registered Dietitian having gone back to school to obtain my second masters degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the age of 61. I have a passion for sports performance nutrition and have started a nutrition consulting business as well. After retirement from the military, I went to work at a local university as a nurse educator where I still work and I do Sports Performance nutrition consulting in my spare time.

Top endurance and other accomplishments? I am most proud of the fact that if I want to do something, I don’t let

PROFILE--Vince Chiappetta has been running for 71 years


(August 2019) Vincent Chiappetta, a co-founder on New York Road Runners and its fourth president, has been running for 71 years. His running buddies have included Ted Corbitt, Kurt Steiner and Tom Osler. He used to accompany Corbitt on his 30-mile laps around Manhattan. During the NYRR's early days, Chiappetta was the yin to Fred Lebow's yang. During his competitive heyday, he ran a total of 114 marathons--50 of them under 2:40. At 86, he continues to teach biology and anatomy at Yeshiva University. On a recent day at 9:30 p.m., he was still in his office. What keeps him going? He says it’s simple: “Runners are survivors. We know how to keep our minds as well as our bodies moving.”  

Your career/profession? I’ve taught at Yeshiva University since 1954. I teach Biology, Ecology, Geology, and pre-med courses. I was also the men’s and women’s track and cross-country coach at Hunter College for 8 years. Co-founding and organizing the first New York City Marathon in 1970 was

PROFILE--Joanna Harper has been running for 48 years, two-thirds as a male, one-third as a female

USATF Club XC, 2015. Photo by Michael Scott.
[Editor's note: Joanna Harper is one of the world's most influential, little-known runners. Below, the 62-year-old explains why in her own words. In a nutshell: She was a former low 2:20s male marathoner, who transitioned to female in 2004/5, and has continued training and racing hard as a woman. She has also studied what she has lived. This has led to her becoming an Olympic consultant on transgender issues, an expert witness at the Caster Semenya case, and more.]

(August 2019) My name is Joanna Harper and I have run at least one race every calendar year since 1971, making 48 consecutive years of racing. I currently (August 2019) live in Portland Oregon, and I work as a medical physicist in one of the larger hospitals here in town. I will be moving to England in September to go back to school to get a Ph.D. in exercise physiology. From 1971 through 2004 I competed in the men’s category. Since 2005 I have competed in the women’s category. I started hormone therapy in August 2004 and within nine months I was running 12% slower. Once I started racing in the women’s category I found that my age graded performances lined very well with my previous performances in the men’s category (approximately 80% in either case). I found other transgender runners and they had undergone similar experiences. In 2015 I published the first peer-reviewed paper on transgender athletic performance and soon I will have the opportunity to study transgender athletes in a full time capacity as part of my PhD. program. I am the author of the forthcoming book Sporting Gender: the History, Science, and Stories of Transgender and Intersex Athletes. Look for the book at Christmas time 2019.

What are your proudest achievements? If we are speaking of running achievements, then I am most proud of the 2:23 marathon I ran as a young man, and of the fact that I have won team and individual USATF age group national championships as an old lady. If we are talking about non-running achievements, I am proud of the fact that I have become one of the most influential world-wide voices in the ongoing debate over transgender and intersex athletes.

Guesstimate of lifetime miles? Roughly 120,000 miles or 200,000 kilometers.

When did you start running why? I went out for the cross country team as a high school freshman in September 1971.

How much did you run per week in your peak years? There were a few years in my mid-20s when I hit more than 5000 miles per year. I would consistently run 100-120 miles per week with only a few down weeks per year. I now average 50-60 miles per week.

What were some of your better/most memorable races? I ran my personal best, 2:23:55, in the Philadelphia Marathon in 1982. I won the (non-defunct) Hamilton Marathon in 1981. I placed 15th in the Canadian University Cross Country championships in 1980. In 2007 I was the 50-54 age group champion at the USATF club cross country championships, and in 2017 and 2018 I was a member of the 60-64 team champion Team Red Lizard at the USATF club XC meet.

How did you train differently in your younger years? I ran more, harder, faster and took fewer recovery days.

Has your diet changed through the years? When I was young and running high mileage I could pretty much eat and drink as I pleased. I have to be much more careful of caloric intake now. I also can’t drink nearly as much alcohol as I could then. There is not much fun in getting older.

Cross Training? I currently do 30 minutes on the rowing machine twice per week and lift free weights and do a core workout once or twice per week.

How important is social running to you? I enjoy the social aspects of running, but it gets harder as I get older and slower since most of the young runners are now too fast for me. It is very hard to run so slowly, but it is better than giving up.

Obstacles along the way? I once ruptured my Achilles tendon when I was out on a trail run in New Zealand. They had use a helicopter to get me off the mountain. That was my most memorable injury, but there have been plenty of others.

Favorite quote? I like the old Woody Allen standby, where he said that 80 percent of success comes from just showing up. I think that applies to many aspects of life, including running. If you want to be a runner, then run.

Has running helped you with the aging process?
Probably, but it also isn’t any fun to get slower and slower every year.
Last December's Club XC in balmy Spokane 

What three tips would you give a younger runner who wants to be a lifetime runner?
1--I think it is important to keep running in perspective, but keep at it too.
2--If you want to be a lifetime runner, then you will need to deal with all the big and little indignities that hit athletes as they grow older.
3--Learn to accept that you are slower this year than you were last year, and that you will be slower still next year.

What are the biggest lessons you have learned from running? Like many other things, one gets out of running what one puts into it.

[Harper has made many media appearances in recent years to explain transgender issues in sports, and also the Caster Semenya case. You can find her easily on YouTube.com. Here's just one such interview.

PROFILE--Roy Englert, Sr, recently set an age 95-99 world record in the 5000


Competing in this year's National Masters
Championships
(July 2019) Roy Englert, Sr, 96, shattered the 5000m world record for men 95-99 at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships July 11 in Ames, Iowa, where he ran 42:30. The previous record was 50:10. Setting records isn’t new to Englert. At 95, while competing at the USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Maryland, he set three world records--in the 800-meter, 1500-meter and 3,000 meter races, with times of 6:03.84, 12:07.63, and 26:01.24. He has also competed in every National Senior Games since they started in 1987. “Its things like this that make the sport fun,” says Englert, of Springfield, VA.

Career/Profession? I had a long career as a lawyer in the banking and securities industry after I spent 22 years in the Treasury Department. I retired in 1997.


When did you start running and why? I didn’t start running until I was 58. I never played sports of any kind as a kid. I was on the small side, so sports weren’t something I felt I could compete in. I grew up in Nashville surrounded by

PROFILE--Dan Larson has finished 49 Boston Marathons


(July 2019) Dan Larson stands third on the list of runners with the most Boston Marathon finishes. He's got 49, including the last 44 in a row. A Yale University grad (four years behind a certain F. Shorter), Larson has spent most of his career in small medical clinics in upstate New York, roughly 75 miles north of Albany. He has also finished an annual Turkey Trot 10K 53 years in succession. After completing this year's Boston in 4:49:46, Larson, 68, has decided, "One more and then ... we'll see."

Career/profession? I am a family physician, but to borrow from George Sheehan, I was a runner long before I was a doctor.


When and why did you start running? I started running to get in shape for freshman high school basketball and also had some friends who ran at late dusk all summer long.


How much did you run in your peak years? I was never one for huge mileage, but likely averaged more than 90 miles per week for about 6 or 7 years in my twenties and thirties


Top races or running achievements?  I went from being a

PROFILE--Bill Thorn just finished his 50th Peachtree in a row.


(July 2019) Bill Thorn ran the inaugural Peachtree Road Race in 1970, which has now become the world’s largest 10K. Now 88, Thorn and his family, holding life-sized printouts of his face, celebrated his 50th running of the race on July 4 (in a modest, celebratory 2:17:58). Thorn's the only person to have run all 50 Peachtrees. He also just stepped down from a 56-year career as a track, cross-country and football coach with a winning record of 44 state championships.  Thorn is not resting on his many accomplishments and settling into retirement. He’s too busy working out 90 minutes every day and figuring out his next phase of life.

Career/Profession? Growing up in Birmingham Alabama, I worked in the steel mills but realized I would die if I didn’t get out. So I went to college and majored in

PROFILE--Phil Stewart has been running for 52 years


Boston 2019. Photo by MarathonFoto.
(July 2019) Phil Stewart has had a highly respected national running presence for more than 40 years as a sub-2:20 marathoner, writer, publisher, race director, and road-race management expert. Currently he is director of the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile and publisher of Road Race Management newsletter. Stewart's running career has had more than the usual ups and downs, as has his weight. His personal story--returning to more consistent running and fitness when he reached his early 60s--serves testimony to the "it's never too late" approach. Stewart, now 69, is the first Lifetime Runner to express some apprehension that his cardiac health could outlast his brain health. We give him credit for his candor. 

Your career/profession? I have been fortunate to have been able to carve out a career entirely in the running industry. I was one of the three founders of Running Times magazine in 1977, started Road Race Management as a spin off in 1982 (which I purchased when I left Running Times in 1986), and started directing the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile in 1991.

When did you start running and why? I started running to get into shape