81-Year-Old Completes Little Rock Full Marathon

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --Rain or shine runners from across the country went the distance today, completing the Little Rock half and full marathon in Downtown Little Rock.

More than 12,000 athletes and 40,000 spectators were welcomed to the Capitol city this weekend for the 15th annual race.

"I started when I was 66."Betty Williams is no stranger to running in the Little Rock Marathon."I did the very first marathon and this is number eight." Along with more than 5,000 runners for today's event and her grandson, Chase, she's not letting her age stop her from completing the full marathon."Running alongside my grandmother, just her being 80 is just an inspiration," says Chase Williams, her grandson.

"We had a good walk, it started great. We maintained probably a 15 or 16 mile and I had to train to be going that fast," says Williams.

Thousands of runners took to 4th Street for the 26.2 mile race, while onlookers cheered as each person - including Williams crossed the finish line. "The weather could have been better but if it had been hot I would have never made it," says

Williams says her goal - to just complete the race- with  her grandson by her side."That's been a blessing, the cream of the cake." Now although Chase lives in Minnesota, he says he hopes to follow in his grandmothers footsteps, completing yet another marathon in Little Rock."I'll be back next year."


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