80-Year-Old Married Couple Celebrates With A Marathon
They say that having a common goal will help strengthen a marriage. And it certainly seems to have worked for the Irish lovebirds, Kay and Joe O’Regan. The 80-year-olds recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary by crossing the finish line of the Cork City Marathon hand-in-hand!
A Shared Passion
The precious pair discovered their love for running at age 49. And by age 50, they decided to enter their first marathon in 1986. . . together!
Kay and Joe held hands as they crossed the finish line at the London Marathon, and the shared love of running became part of their marriage.
When they retired and moved to Ireland, they both joined a running club. It’s where they’ve met many of their mutual friends, which has encouraged them to stick with the sport of running.
“When you run with people, you’re more inclined to go through with it because you made a commitment,” Kay said. “You also want to keep up with the group, so you often do a better job than if you were on your own.”
Kay has an impressive 113 marathons under her belt, and Joe has competed in 29! Not too shabby!
Even so, the couple has been competing in races separately since the first marathon in London. But with this year marking both their 57th wedding anniversary and 80th birthdays, to two decided that partnering together again in a marathon was the perfect way to celebrate.
The two ran side-by-side, and as the finish line loomed a half a mile ahead, Joe grabbed Kay’s hand and they crossed together.
The lovebirds completed the race in 5 hours and 23 minutes, putting them tied for first place in their age group!
“There’s nothing quite like the thrill you feel when running a race,” Joe explained. “Neither of us can get enough of it.”
Thankfully, the same sentiment stands for the love that they share.
“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh? So that they are no longer two, but one flesh. Then let not that which has been joined by God be parted by man.” Matthew 19:5-6
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h/t: 22 Words