A 96-year-old woman from Ottawa now holds a world record.
Rejeanne Fairhead completed a 5K at Ottawa Race Weekend on Saturday in 51 minutes and nine seconds – it was the fastest 5K by a woman between the ages of 95 and 99 in history.
Fairhead walked the length of the course, breaking the previous record by 4 minutes 39 seconds.
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«It felt great,» Fairhead said Sunday. to the National Mail. «I was proud of what I did. But I was also glad that it was over.»
Fairhead bowled and rode horses most of his life, only recently beginning to walk.
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He walked the race last year in just under 59 minutes, and once he realized he was about three minutes off world record pace, he had a goal in mind, and he smashed it.
«I’ve been telling everyone, ‘For me, age is just a number. You know, if you feel good, do something,'» he said.
In the effort, he raised more than $7,400 for the Perley Health Foundation.
The 96-year-old walked three times a week with her new trainer, Richelle Weeks.
Fairhead also beat 627 people in all age groups with 20 of her 25 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren walking alongside her.
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Fairhead isn’t sure if she’ll be racing next year, but one thing’s for sure: she’s done trying to break records.
«If I walk next year, it will be just for fun,» he said. «I’m not going to try to beat anything. I think I’ve done my part. I think I’ve had enough.»