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68-year-old Steubenville woman prepares for Senior Olympics

Updated: Wednesday, April 30 2014, 05:59 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- It's not often you come across athletes like Sandy Rue.
After 10 medals and a list of state competitions, the 68-year-old runner is training hard to get to the national Senior Olympics.
“I want to break the record,” she said. “I want to set a record. It's OK to be the national champion, but I want to set a record.”
She is coached by her husband, Paul.
“It's a great honor to see where she started,” Paul said, “from someone who never ran track before to make the commitment to get into running, she has really done a great job.”
He started training Sandy after she turned 60.
He taught her how to run, something she was determined to master after a friend died.
“The year I went back to Akron and looked for Essie and found out she had died -- she had a massive heart attack and died -- that was my catalyst,” Sandy said.
Since then, Sandy has competed in four different national competitions.
She is pushing herself through an Olympic training routine that she hopes will pay off at the Ohio Senior Olympics in Canton in June. The National Senior Olympics are set for July, 2105 in Minnesota.
“To win, I mean, that's the ultimate goal is to come home and to be the national champ in the Senior Olympics,” Sandy said.
Sandy wants to break the record for the 50, 100, and 200 meter dash, and she also wants her story to encourage others to get fit.
“You have to get up and move,” she said. “And trust me, if we get up and move, we go faster, we go further and we do better.”

68-year-old Steubenville woman prepares for Senior Olympics


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