ELK GROVE (CBS13) – And their off, runners from all over the valley pounded the pavement Sunday, but mixed in between all these athletes are two ladies who stole the show.

Eighty-four-year-old Phyllis McGee and 88-year-old Helen Baker are using their feet to inspire.

“I’ve always walked. When I was asked, I thought it was an honor, and a privilege, and I thought go for it!” said McGee.

The woman walked the half marathon as a team, each doing over six miles. The ladies have been training for a while now, walking about 21 miles per week.

“Well, I do extensive walking 2-3 times a week,” said Baker.

Hundreds came out to raise money for the Sports Foundation. The race director was excited to see people of all ages getting their sweat on for a good cause.

“Elk grove is a huge running community and we have had a lot of supporters running the race, and I think running is taking off in popularity and obviously they are here today,” said Race Director Gary Davis.

After a bowl of oatmeal and lots of support from family and friends, these grannies made their way across the finish line.

“I am going to meet my husband and he will be so glad it’s over!” said McGee.

And after living over eight decades, both can now check marathon off their to-do list.

“My first marathon, I thought never in my life would I do anything like this,” said Baker.

  1. GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! says:

    My dear youthful ladies, you have inspired me~! I thought my life would be like my mother who went downhill from age 65 on, that I would be in constant pain or dementia, and unable to do anything.
    Thank you for giving me such wonderful insight on how age CAN be!
    God bless you!

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