It’s never too late in life to make a healthy change, at least that’s what Dr. Paul Crabtree says.
Recently, the 78-year old completed the Shawnee State University Bear Run 5k. He participated in the first Bear Run held in 1995, when he served as Vice-President of Student Affairs. He still has the T-shirt, and wore it during the past race, held April 19.
“I’ve probably only missed two during the years,” said Crabtree.
But running isn’t something that Crabtree has always enjoyed. He was in his 40s when he realized his health wasn’t where it should be. He decided to take control of his body and health and began running.
“I started and just became addicted, throughout the years I’ve done everything from 5ks to marathons, when I turned 50, I ran a 50 mile race in Columbus,” explained Crabtree. “I don’t quite have the legs or lungs for running anymore, I’m nearly 79, this was my first attempt at a race in a few years. It’s just something I’ve done and enjoyed until I turned about 75.”
While Crabtree takes it easy on the running these days, he’s still very active, walking 4 miles every day. He says he strives to set a healthy example for his family.
It appears that his influence has indeed rubbed off on his family. His son-in-law wanted to run a race with him, and Crabtree agreed. His son-in-law, granddaughter, great-grandson and great-granddaughter all participated in the race with him this year.
“It was a lot of fun. My goal was to finish and I did that, although I’m not very fast anymore,” joked Crabtree. “I’ve always tried to get my family interested in running, it’s something you can do all your life. It’s not like you have to have a team like you do when you play basketball or baseball. Running and golf you can do by yourself. I’m convinced running does extend your life considerably, I’m not in too bad of shape for an old guy.”
If you’d like to become involved in running, you can visit www.TriStateRacer.com to see local races and events in the Tri-state.
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