2014-08-15 / Community

South Portland runner inspires

Sue McCarthy Sue McCarthy Sue McCarthy, 51, a South Portland masters sprinter, took home five medals (one gold, four silver and one bronze) at the recent 2014 Outdoor United States Track and Field Masters Outdoor National Championships in North Carolina last month in the 50 to 54 age group. These medals are added to the three individual gold medals she won at the 2014 indoor championships.

McCarthy’s specialties are sprints, and at the outdoor meet she was second in the 200-meter and 400-meter races and third in the 100-meter sprint. Her final two medals were in the 400-meter and 400-meter relays. Additionally a week following this national accomplishment McCarthy set three individual state corporate records at the Maine State Corporate Championship meet in the 100-meter, 200 meter, and 400-meter. With help from her MaineHealth teammates, a state record was set in the 400-meter relay.

After her successful indoor season, McCarthy was hit with both injuries and illness, but she expressed great satisfaction with her outdoor performance.

“I knew I was not at my peak of conditioning, but I just did not want to give up. I twisted my ankle badly two weeks before nationals and was a little discouraged, but I just wrapped it and ran with a brace,” she said.

McCarthy said that what helps push her through her setbacks is the response she gets from others.

“When people meet me and find out what I do, they say they admire me and that I inspire them. That in turn has a big impact on my commitment to work through any illness or injury I am faced with,” McCarthy said.

She observed with a smile, “Generally I have found people who spend any consistent time around me find themselves getting into better physical condition and losing weight. I met one gentleman on the track today who told me that after more than 20 years he has started to get back in shape, because, now 50, he was inspired after learning about my accomplishments.”

“I would like to continue to push the boundaries on expectations of what it means to grow older. It’s never too late to challenge yourself to be healthier, and I hope I can continue to inspire others,” McCarthy added.

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