She hopes she’s an inspiration for others.
With all eyes on the runners at the front of the pack at Sunday’s Little Rock Marathon, one person may have been missed: 74-year-old Betty Williams. The native Arkansan has completed 27 half marathons and four marathons. And one other important fact: She’s a great grandmother.
Williams began running in the 90s, starting a “stress-releiving habit.” Like most runners, she started out with 5Ks. She eventually moved up in distance to the half marathon and then, finally the marathon. “They’re thinking, well… Since I have my loud pants on, they probably think I couldn’t do that but it doesn’t bother me,” she says of spectators who see her at the races.
Opinions aside, Williams hopes she’s a source of inspiration to others. “Well, I hope that, you know, if they see me, that the ones that are standing on the sidelines, if they see me, they think that, well, I can do this too,” she says. “If it’s a little bit of an inspiration even just for one or two people, I think I’ve met my goal.”
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