(08/22/13) - In just more than 24 hours, the first events of the Health Plus Crim Festival of Races will get underway.
Many of the 10-mile participants have inspiring reasons for lacing up, and we've been sharing their stories all week long.
In December, Robin Hoeffel will celebrate her 50th birthday - but celebrations are already underway.
Forget the cake and ice cream, she's ringing in five decades in a rather unique way.
"I'm doing 50 runs for my 50th birthday," she said.
That's right - 50 races.
She started the challenge in January. The Crim 10 mile event will be race number 46.
"When you're 50, they say 'over the hill.' Well, I take that literally, and when I run now, I run many hills and I plan to do many hills," she said.
Thanks for running buddies like Lori Short, it hasn't been a lonely journey. They've encouraged her along the way and joined in on her celebration.
"We have a lot of friends, it's a team effort," Short said. "We call each other up and say, 'What race you doing?' Ya know, 'Oh darn, you're not gonna be at the one, I'm at...oh good I can win then.'"
The now avid runner hasn't always been this eager to lace up. She started running five years ago, the Crim being her very first race.
"Once you start running, you get hooked on running, so even after 50, I just can't stop running," she said.
And she can't stop loving it, making those Bradley Hills just another reason to keep going.
"It's such a healthy way to live, even after 50," she said. "I may be over the hill, but I'm doing every hill after."
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