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Runner prepares for 35th Midsummer Night's Run

76-year-old hasn't missed the race yet
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Posted at 4:22 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 17:50:21-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A member of the Bluegrass Runner's Club is getting ready for the 35th Midsummer Night's Run, and she hasn't missed running the race yet.

Mary Nagle, 76, says that growing up, she wasn't a runner, but you wouldn't be able to tell that seeing her now.

"We were created with this wonderful body, and you can actually run and run miles. It's exciting, yeah, it makes you feel good and whole, and that you're using what the Lord gave you to do something special," Nagle told LEX 18's Mike Valente.

In the late 70s, a boyfriend urged her to get involved in running. She did, but she said it felt like such a chore, that was, until she ran her first race.

"We got so excited about the camaraderie with other runner. it was just kinda neat," she said.

Nagle started running and she hasn't looked back since. She has ran 10Ks, 5Ks, and half marathons, each time hoping to beat her personal records.

"Maybe I won't obtain my goals, but that's OK. At least I've tried. If you don't try, you can't do it," said Nagle.

She believes she will be racing for a long time to come.

"If I die sometime, and I'm sure I will, I'd like it to be while I'm out running," she said.

To sign up for the Midsummer Night's Run, click here.