Mary Kaplin receives her award after running the 5K Reindeer Run race.
Mary Kaplin receives her award after running the 5K Reindeer Run race. (Jenisa Johnson)
Running it’s tough and can be a grueling experience, but over 6.2 million Americans who finished 5km runs last year worked toward their personal best times.

Mary Kaplan, 74, of Sunrise Beach, participated in the Reindeer Games 5km Run in Jacksboro on Dec. 14.

 Her running career began in 1983 at the age of 43 while she was stationed in Germany with the US Air Force Nurse Corps.

As a passive participate in running to meet annual requirements for the USAF, Kaplan soon discovered that perhaps her once apprehension to running could be turned into a passion.

“Once I started I really enjoyed it, so now I just continue doing it all the time,” said Kaplan.


With 31 years of running under her feet, Kaplan has run a total of 919 races as of Oct. 12. Her first race was in 1984 at the OB/GYN Conference in Atlanta, Ga. and her first race in Texas was in 1988 in Wichita Falls.

In 2001, Kaplan decided to run at least a 5k in every state and place in the top three in her age group. She had to go back to a few states to complete this goal but accomplished it in full in 2008.

“That’s when I decided I’d better have something else to work for. And so in 2010, it dawned on me lets do the counties in Texas,” said Kaplan.

Read the full article in the Jacksboro Gazette News Dec. 31