10 Inspiring Ultra Finishes - Page 9
2. Defying Age
Helen Klein, American River 50 Mile, 2004
Klein in 2008. Photo by Andrew Solovay
Inactive until her 50s, Klein started running so she could join her husband in races instead of simply spectating. She would go on to run over 130 ultramarathons, including two wins at the Across the Years 48-hour race at the age of 65 and 66.
Though the frequency at which she ran races over 50K dropped off as she grew older, Klein completed a 50-mile race in 2004 at the age of 81, finishing the American River 50 in 12:31:59.
Klein reminds us that it is never too late to chase your goals down the trail.