It’s often said the marathoners tend to get better with age. Just ask Heidy Lozano of Boulder, Colo.
The 53-year-old, who works for a nonprofit that operates community mental health centers, won the Colfax Marathon in her home state on Sunday, breaking the tape in 3 hours, 10 minutes and 41 seconds. It wasn’t the fastest marathon of her career, but it will certainly rank among the most memorable.
“I did it for all those people who battle all of that — depression, anxiety — because I feel like I have a gift that I am able to overcome,” Lozano told The Denver Post. “I just thought, ‘At 53, why not?’ So much of that is what’s in your mind, what you put in there, what you wake up with each day. I did it for them, to be an inspiration to never give up on yourself.”
The win was the first marathon win of Lozano’s competitive career, which amongst its accomplishments includes finishing as the top Masters runner at the 2007 Boston Marathon. She’s living proof that it’s never too late to lace up your running shoes—or break the finish line tape for the first time.