The Shawshank Hustle AKA I’m the fastest 70 year old in Mansfield

Two weeks ago, I headed to Mansfield, OH to run the Shawshank Hustle 7k. The race takes place at the Ohio State Reformatory where “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed. I ran it two years ago and had so much fun I decided to go back. This year was especially fun since a lot of other people from my running group went too.

Since I’m a turtle, I never pay attention to my race results, but as soon as the race was over we started checking since my husband Brent finished with a great time and thought he had placed in his age group. We we looking up the results when Jena (one of our running buddies who was with our group) told me I had won my age group! I knew this couldn’t be right. I double checked and instead of the 40-44 age group, they had me listed in the 70-74 age group!! I quickly ran over to tell the race officials it was wrong and we spent the rest of day laughing about how good I look for 70! Overall it was a great time and I got to cross the finish line with Jena as she finished her very first race. Now if I can just keep this pace up for the next 26 years, I can win my age group!

Author: lauradixoncaldwell

I am a runner, librarian, and mom to three furkids. I like reading, writing, going to comic and horror cons, and eating too much at Mexican restaurants.

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