Recently ESPN W. came out with a great article on our very own ever-young Libby James. For those who are not familiar with her, she has set several world records for women over 70 years old. This includes a 1:45:56 half marathon and a 1:01:11 12k. She even ran a sub-7 minute mile last August!
One thing that particularly struck me was just how much she has been outperforming her peer group. ESPN W. explains,
Standing just over 5 feet tall, this freelance writer and children’s book author is one of the most accomplished distance runners on the planet. On the master’s circuit, where times are age-graded for the purpose of comparison, akin to a handicap in golf, James tops just about everyone. In age-graded scoring, 90 percent or higher is considered world class. James regularly clocks times at or better than 100 percent. In the most literal sense, she’s in a league of her own.
According to USA Track and Field, of the 14 million age-graded performances the year before, only eight were above 100 percent, and four of those belonged to James. She also was recently named the 2013 Masters Road Runner of the Year by Running Times and Road Runners Club of America.
Congratulations, Libby, and thanks for being an inspiration to all of us!