As a latecomer to the competitive running scene, Cathy Utzschneider knocked out top results as a masters athlete while also coaching 75 USATF age group champions. She shares her experience on how best to remain engaged and open to what’s next.
Cathy Utzschneider took up competitive running after age 40 and quickly made up for lost time, racking up nine USATF national age group championships (including track, road, and cross-country), a silver medal at the Nike World Masters Games, and a gold medal at the North American World Regional Championships.
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