WEEK #11: KARLA DEL GRANDE
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a sprinter, age 65. Not a 5K/10K road racer or marathoner, but a sprinter. I started running as a kid, encouraged by my dad, and found that I was good at it. I did other sports growing up, and eventually did road races, as many adults do. But when I found, at about age 50, that adults could also do track events, I was excited to try it, found a coach, and never looked back.
I race in events such as 50m, 60m, 100m, 200m and 400m races, indoors and outdoors. I presently hold 24 Canadian and 6 World records in these events in several age categories, and was named World Masters Athletics Female Sprinter of the Year for 2018. Masters compete in 5 year groups, and there are events in Ontario (run by Ontario Masters Athletics), across Canada, and internationally. I’ve competed in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Austria, Finland, Italy, Hungary, and Spain. In 2020, the World Masters Athletics event will be hosted in Toronto.
I’m also a retired teacher, and coached students in track and cross-country. I volunteer at track and