Fit Folks: Claudette Wakefield, 67
My wake-up call for an active lifestyle occurred in 2003, when both of my sisters developed cancers and my oldest sister died. I was urged to exercise and eat healthfully. Upon retiring from teaching, I began training for the Statesman Capitol 10K.
My husband saw me having so much fun that he decided to join me. We trained with T3. Over the next five years, Joe and I raced in a number of sprint, Olympic and Half-Ironmen triathlons. My biggest race was the World's Championship Half Ironman in Clearwater, Fla., in 2007.
In 2008 I decided to transition to running half marathons with the goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. I have been racing monthly. Some of my favorites have been in small towns and rural locations. Today I train with Gilbert's Gazelles. In August Joe and I flew to Alaska where I ran the Skinny Raven Half Marathon in Anchorage, finishing second in my age group. Afterward we celebrated Joe's 70th birthday with a one-week bike tour in Alaska.
We're looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.