Margaret Prentice

Two years ago, Margaret Prentice celebrated her 90th birthday with a drive-by birthday party during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A year ago, Margaret moved from a house to Willamette Oaks Senior Apartments & Assisted Living Facility.

This year, Margaret completed the Eugene 5K, an event that is part of the annual Eugene Marathon.

The marathon, established in 2007, takes place in Eugene, Oregon. The main event is accompanied by a half marathon, the Eugene 5K, and a kids run. The marathon is certified by USA Track and Field and is a qualifying event for both the Boston Marathon and the United States Olympic Trials.

Months before the 2023 event, Margaret and a group of her neighbors at Willamette Oaks decided to take part in the Eugene 5K. They trained for weeks, building up their endurance.

“We also did two practice 5K walks,” said Margaret. “One week, we all got soaked, but it didn’t stop us.”

They hit the ground running–or power walking–on April 30.

Margaret enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and birding. As an older adult, she is an inspiration to the members of her church, Central Presbyterian, and to the members of her community.