Loretta Claiborne is a 56 year old runner and Special Olympian who lives in York, Pennsylvania. Loretta, who discovered running when she was 12 years old through her older brother who was a great high school athlete, also participates in ice skating, bowling, tennis, snow skiing, basketball, and golf. Loretta discovered Special Olympics when someone in a workshop at her school noticed her running rather than taking the bus to school. That event opened up a world for Loretta that led to a lifelong love of sports, which includes running 26 marathons, one being the Boston Marathon. Loretta loves to run, and has incorporated running into her daily life, even using it for transportation around town. Loretta is currently trying to become a better tennis player, and continues to be an ambassador for Special Olympics.
Like Loretta, several of the athletes I interviewed have made it part of their life’s work to give back and help others to live a more active life. In my upcoming book I plan on having a chapter devoted to the topic of giving back.
The event on 10/24 in Fort Collins, Colorado to celebrate my first book and launch the 50-k Active/Athlete Challenge was a huge success. When I get some photos back from the event, I will post more about it. I appreciate everyone’s continued support in this project and I’m very optimistic about where it is going. Dream BIG!