Running Because of History & Tradition

For as long as I can remember, running has been a part of my family's history and tradition, with my grandpa at the core. He was a pretty stellar dude. He started running at age 48 and our whole family knows it saved his life at that time. Thanks to his influence, my mom and I, as well as some of my other family members are avid runners. 

During his life, he ran over 35 marathons and possibly as many Ultra marathons of 50 to 100 miles in distance well into his sixties. Had Parkinson's not stopped him in his tracks, he surely would have continued kicking some serious ass.

Whenever I am having a particularly tough run or race, I try to remember that if my grandpa could run ultra marathons that late in life, I can survive a freaking 15k or half marathon. Believe it or not, that works every time.

I love the idea of participating in races that my grandpa participated in, which is why I think it's really cool that some races have continued for so many years. For example, Tulsa Run, one of my favorite runs to date, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year! You can use the code “bibravetr” for $5 off your race entry!

Why do you run?

P.S. a million awesome photos to follow. Also, HERE are some fun race results from some of his races you can check out. 

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