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From Desk Jockey to World Record Holder at 65

October 28, 2015

Sabra Harvey didn’t pick up running until her second half century; she now holds the 1500m World Record in 5:29.85 for the 65-69 age group

By John Kissane, Running Times

At age 51, Sabra Harvey was a graphic designer who spent long days in front of a computer. Work friends got her up and moving—and ultimately setting Masters records. In those days, Harvey, 5-foot-8, wasn’t in good shape. “Working full-time sitting at a computer all day, I was up to about 160 pounds,” she says. “That’s not heavy, although it’s not light, either.”

Harvey took her first steps toward running in 2000, when she participated with a group of women co-workers in the Dogwood Half Hundred. The 50K competitive endurance hike follows a grueling route in Virginia’s George Washington National Forest. “We had so much fun,” Harvey says of the long day in the mountains.

The next undertaking for the women? Continuous running: a 5K. “My response was, ‘You gotta be kidding me,’” Harvey says. “I had a lot of doubt about even finishing.” She thinks she ran 31 or 32 minutes.

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