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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Maria Shields Sets Running Record
Davidsonville resident Maria Shields was featured on Tuesday's Fox 45 News segment "Get Fit With Fox."
The main reason for the feature was Maria's setting of American records for the 60-64 age group for the number of miles run in a 24-hour period. She accomplished this at the "Across the Years" 24-hour run staged at the Camelback Ranch in Phoenix, Arizona, on Dec. 28-29. She was also first female finisher and sixth overall in the event.
Running on a loop course of almost 1.05 miles, she covered 106.55 miles in 24 hours. Along the way, she also set the 60-64 age group records for miles covered in 12 hours: 75.5.
Shields was interviewed by Danny Lee from the Crofton Gold's Gym who helped get her ready for the event, as she completed the X-Factor training available at the gym.
Maria will try for the 50K record on May 30 when she competes in a track run in Pennsylvania. Be sure to congratulate her on her accomplishments the next time you see her – she'll be the one wearing the big smile. Think about the focus she was able to maintain when most of us would not have even considered such an undertaking.
In 2014, Shields ran 2,239 miles, which places her in third place overall for miles run by Anne Arundel County women.
There have been several previous articles about Maria in recent years. Use the Search feature to find them.