3 Generations to run together in 40th Honolulu Marathon

Categories: Amazing Feats

Betty Jean McHugh turned 85 last month, and is celebrating by running the Honolulu Marathon for the sixth time. This time it will be a three-generation effort with her son Brent, 58, and granddaughter, Ava, 21, also racing. The three-generation effort was Ava’s idea, McHugh said, and it will be the first time the three have run in the same race, and Ava’s first marathon. McHugh, known as BJ to family and friends, started running at age 55 and has completed “roughly” 15 marathons and more than 300 other races. Years ago, she did a 10-kilometer race every weekend, she said. She holds numerous age-group records, especially in the half-marathon, her favorite distance. The North Vancouver, B. C., resident first ran the Honolulu Marathon following her 70th birthday. She started her running career by jogging around a park while waiting for her daughter to finish swim practice. “Parents weren’t allowed to watch,” she said. “The fitness craze had just started, and initially I trained in the morning and then tended to family matters.” Son Brent said he trains with his mother and accompanies her to destination races. “It is my job to make sure she doesn’t get lost,” he said as she laughed. McHugh said she probably won’t be doing many more full marathons and will concentrate on the half. “But every year I saw it’s my last,” she said. She enjoys the camraderie of running, saying “when you get old, develop young friends.”


Author: News Team