If a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, Miriam Jackobs is well on her way.
The Mason marathon race walker recently competed in the 2013 National Senior Games, held July 19-Aug. 1 in Cleveland.
Jackobs, 73, finished the 1,500 meter race walk in 10 minutes, 34 seconds, landing her in sixth place.
The registered dietitian and adjunct professor at Wilmington College has participated in more than 80 full or half-marathons across the globe since 1989.
Last year, Jackobs competed in marathons that took her to the Dead Sea and Antarctica. She’s previously done full marathons in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
More than 10,000 athletes, ages 50 and up, compete in a wide range of athletic events each year in the National Senior Games, presented by Humana.
Jackobs was also recognized as one of five Humana Game Changers, which recognizes athletes who exemplify well-being and inspire people of all ages to get active and become healthier.