July 1997

Loretta Sheehan

by Joseph RADDER

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Loretta Sheehan is a dynamic bundle of energy. As a wife of 50 years, a mother of seven children and caretaker to aging parents, she has always been an active and loving member of her Buffalo community.

Fitness has played an important role in Loretta’s life. In 1979, she began jogging as a way to overcome her feelings of grief after the death of her mother. Two years later she entered her first competition, winning a 1st place award at age 57. Fifteen years later, on Mother’s Day in 1996, she won 1st place at a women’s race in Delaware Park for women over
age 70.

Loretta has run 24 marathons, including the Skylon Marathon and has raced in Cleveland, Chicago, Columbus, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Paris, France and in 12 New York City marathons. She has even earned two national age records that still stand today – a time of 4:01:55 at age 68 in the Chicago Marathon and a time of 4:30:11 at age 67 in New York City. She also won a gold medal in the 1994 Senior Olympics and 2nd place in the 1995 World Veterans’ Games 5K Cross Country Race.

Today, at the age of 73, Loretta has added cycling to her athletic pursuits. She plans, God willing, to participate in the 1997 World Veterans’ Games in South Africa. We wish her the best of luck!

Joseph Radder is a freelance writer.


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