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Running: A Tribute to Helen Kline-Ultra Runner

Updated on December 13, 2010

Helen Klein: an Inspiration to Millions of Runners

Helen Klein is described as Famous, Illustrious and Inspirational by her peers.

Yes, Helen is an ultra runner. But, she is more than that, she is a role model to millions of runners. As a woman in her 80's she is physically fit.

Allow Helen's fine example to inspire you to follow your passion and your own dreams.

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Running: A Tribute to Helen Klein, Ultra Runner

Runner: in USA TF Masters Hall of Fame 4 times

Helen Kline is an ultra Runner and a role model. She helps demonstrate that Health, Wellness and Physical Fitness are not just for the young. It is also for the young-at-heart. She began her running career in her 50’s, and is now in her 80’s. She is described as the famous, illustrious and inspirational Helen Klein.

Picture of Helen Klein running.

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Norm Klein talks Helen into doing a 10 mile race

Helen and Norm train for 10 weeks

Her husband Norm talked her into doing a 10 mile race in 1978.

She was in her 50’s at that time. She says they trained for ten weeks, and she also admits she was not aerobically fit at the time. I guess she was hooked, as since that time she has not stopped.

Now, Helen has been inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame 4 times This is extremely rare, as only 4 have accomplished that feat.

Runner is now in the USATF Hall of Fame

Helen and Norm Klein plan Ultra Runner Classics

Helen's name has been made famous, as stated she is in the USA TF Hall of Fame. She and her husband Norm now arrange Ultra races for other runners to enjoy.

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Why would anyone want to be an Ultra Runner?

What is a Runners' High?

Why would anyone even want to do this grueling hard work?

Ultra runners run long distance of either: 37.07 Miles, 50 miles, or 100 K.

Wikipedia describes the endorphins a runner experiences as follows:

Endorphins are endogenous opioid polypeptide compounds. They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during strenuous exercise,[1] excitement, pain, death, and orgasm,[2][3] and they resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a sense of well-being. Endorphins work as "natural pain relievers", whose effects may be enhanced by other medications.

The term "endorphin" implies a pharmacological activity (analogous to the activity of the corticosteroid category of biochemicals) as opposed to a specific chemical formulation. It consists of two parts: endo- and -orphin; these are short forms of the words endogenous and morphine, intended to mean "a morphine-like substance originating from within the body."[4]

Runners speak of a runners high. So, I don't think they run just for the prize. I think they first have passion for running, and love the feeling it gives them.

Then if you love running, and the training that goes with it, you enter races to be with others with the same mindset. If you are good, train consistently, you may win prizes,

and that is absolutely fantastic.

Image of Helen Klein, age 84 inspiring another runner before a run.

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This tribute is to inspire us to follow our passion--No matter what it is or what our age

This tribute is not necessarily to get you to join that elite group of runners. Of course, if running is your passion, by all means follow it.

This information is to let you know that anything is possible. Don't let anything limit you.

Don't let your age, or your physical condition at this moment stop you. Many variables can be changed.

Age cannot, as we just continue to age. But, if you want to continue to live, and thus continue to age, increasing your fitness and increasing your wellness is a very good idea.

That's what is so great in looking at the life of Helen Klein. She did what she wanted, was not limited by her age, and she is having a ball with her husband Norm and she is an inspiration to other Runners.

Let's let her be an inspiration to all of us.

Most people in their 80's are not passionate about something that allows them to have a ball. Why not? If you care for yourself properly, you could be passionate about something and have a ball too-no matter what your age.

Helen Klein is an inspiration to us no matter where we are in life. You may be a teenager, an adult, a baby boomer, or maybe you are already a senior. If you care for yourself properly you may able to do exactly what you want too. One thing you can't do is begin any younger, so get in gear, and follow your heart.

Maybe one of these days there will be a tribute to you.

Picture of Norm and Helen Klein

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If you are already living your dream, please share with us.

If you want to follow your dream or your passion, please let us know what it is.

We would love hearing from you.

Thank you,


What is your Passion? - Are you inspired to follow your Dreams?

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Great lens.

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      I can't run right now. (weight and left hip won't take the pounding) I think this winter I am going to try race walking. It's also very effective for fitness. This is a very inspiring lens.

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      Carmel Aaron 8 years ago

      Thanks for your warm welcome.

      Also, you're the one I took notes on your Squidoo article. I wrote this before, but, then I came back and worked on tweaking it a little.

      I know it will take time, but, I do hope to improve.

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will see improvement as I go along.

      I do hope Helen Klein is not too disappointed, she is a wonderful inspiration

      to all of us at any age. She's a wonder!!

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      Already living the dream! A very warm welcome to Squidoo.