The Saskatchewan pioneer continues to break running records at 80

For Regina pioneer Carol Lafayette-Boyd, age is just a number. Earlier this month she broke a new world record and is the world’s fastest 80-year-old woman.

It was her 13th world record so far, crossing the finish line in the 200-meter dash in 34.90 seconds, beating the previous world record by almost half a second.

“It’s satisfying to know I can do better than last week in my age group. It’s just nice to have the records,” said Lafayette-Boyd.

She said she trains with wonderful coaches who are young because she trains with the U16 group, she said. “They expect us to do almost as much as the under-16s.”

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Lafayette-Boyd grew up in Rosetown and now resides in Regina. She is also a great-grandmother and is revered in the athletics community.

Before she turned 50, Lafayette-Boyd and her husband thought old people could only run long-distance races like marathons and miles. “We thought we’d try a mile and we were working on it when I found out Regina was going to have a Canadian Masters game,” she said.

Finding out that seniors could do track and field, she signed up and won her first two races in the 100 and 200 meters.

“I was hooked. In 1996, there was an Olympian at our track club, Don Antoine, and she wanted to go to the Atlanta Olympics. And I said to myself – I’m going to learn to run like LaDonna, and I did.”

Lafayette-Boyd has no plans to hang up her spikes. It sees itself in competition in the coming decades.

When asked how she’s preparing for an upcoming race, she said: “I feel like I’m always in shape because my belief in God keeps me mentally ready. I consider myself mentally conscious, but physically I try to eat and sleep.”

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She added that one of the things she tries to do every day, unless she has to rush out the door, is a stretch every morning that lasts about half an hour, as well as planks. She said she could plank for three seconds when she started, but now she can hold it for 90 seconds.

Lafayette-Boyd said she is currently spending time with her family and grandchildren. From September she will start preparing for indoor racing as there is an opportunity to break some indoor records.

“So I’m going to get in more shape and start eating and sleeping right so I’m ready.”

— With files from Teagan Rasche.

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