We’ll come right out and say it. We’re of the walking lot and we don’t run races. Heck, let’s be honest, we don’t run at all unless we’re late to yoga class. Bill Gaudette has lived 92 years and he just finished a 10K charity race with a smile on his face in a reported time of 1 hour and 42 minutes, which also happens to be a personal best. Mr. Gaudette, you might have just inspired us to pound some pavement.
How does he stay so young and fit? Besides running, Gaudette stays in shape with daily trips to the gym and does Pilates and yoga.
“He’s a very special man and it’s unbelievable for someone his age to do this,” [his grandson] Bill Gaudette IV said. “He goes to the gym every day and does Pilates and yoga. We were very confident in him.”
When Gaudette is not being awesome doing yoga or running races to raise money and awareness for charity, he works as a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charities “home away from home” facility at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center where family members can stay while their sick children are undergoing treatment.
“This is a wonderful place. It’s made me realize all the good fortune that I’ve had in my life,” said Gaudette, who works in the kitchen, turns rooms over and does many other tasks. “It’s been very rewarding for me and I’ve realized that I’ve been lucky with great health.”
So he runs, he gives back, he does yoga and the man is a regular spark plug. “He is very willing to help. He’s high energy and full of life,” said a manager with Ronald McDonald House Charities. If we didn’t know any better we’d turn all yenta-like and hook him up with one of our nonagenarian lady friends. We think Fran would be a perfect match!
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