North Carolina Woman Recognized For Not Missing Daily Run For 40 Years
I am dedicated to exercise. Nothing makes me feel better than if I have an entire week where I never miss a day on the elliptical. That being said, 90% of the time, if I get in 5 out of 7, that’s a normal week. So when I saw this story, I was knocked out by the dedication and commitment of Barbara Latta. When Barbara was 42, she went for a run. It became a daily thing. And by daily thing, I mean Barbar Latta of Raleigh is now 82. She hasn’t missed a daily run in 40 years.
Latta’s streak has now been recognized by the Streak Runners International/US Runners Streak Assocation as the second longest among American, and Barbara Latta is listed with them as a legend.
Latta tells ABC 11, “I never thought about running 40 years. I love just being out here and I enjoy running alone many times. And I’ve, I’ve met so many interesting people.” Latta has also gotten in her daily jog in interesting places. Barbara says she’s run in every state in the union and on all seven continents with Antarctica being her favorite.
Barbara Latta has also run in four marathons and a “few” half marathons. Wow. The only thing that stops her is lightening. Not really stops, though, more like temporarily halts. As soon as the storms passes, Latta does her thing. Think about just weather for a second. Just in the last 5 years, Raleigh has experienced massive storms, snow, and hurricanes. And none have stopped Barbara Latta’s daily routine.
Here’s to a certified legend, Raleigh, North Carolina’s Barbara Latta. She went out for a run December 5, 1983 and hasn’t stopped!