Fit Over 50: Cynthia Tanzi

City/Town of Residence: Lincoln

Age: 60

Occupation: I am the Administrative Assistant at the Children’s Shelter of Blackstone Valley in Pawtucket, RI.  Their website is:

Family: 1 husband, 3 children, 1 son-in-law, 2 cats, 1 dog

Your sport of fitness activity: Walking

Recent events you have competed in: In December, I completed 2 half marathons, and two 5ks.

Events you are training for: I am training to complete 60 half marathons in 2014 to celebrate recently turning 60 yrs. old.

What is your proudest fitness accomplishment? My proudest fitness accomplishment is finishing a half marathon in 2 hrs 51 minutes. This time was strictly walking, no running or jogging.

What motivates you? The challenge.

Best local eats: Angelo’s Pizza Palace, Cumberland.

Famous person you would like to have dinner with: no one really

What’s on your nightstand? Alarm clock, phone

Favorite cheat meal/snack: Depends

What do you like to do in your down time? Go online, watch real life murder stories (channel 102 on Cox)

Best thing about living in RI: Everything is easily accessible. And lots of ocean!

One thing people don’t know about you: That I’ve had weight loss surgery.

Favorite quote: Everything happens for a reason

Fitness tip for RI Fit Readers: I think it’s important for people to know that you don’t have to be fast, skinny, pumped, young, belong to a gym, or have expensive workout equipment, in order to be fit. If you can put on a good pair of sneakers and walk, then you transform your life. I got off the couch at age 56 to walk my first half marathon with Team In Training RI, and as of today have completed 48 half marathons, 4 marathons, 1 sprint triathlon, and many 5ks. In 2014, to celebrate turning 60 this past Thanksgiving day, I will be completing 60 half marathons.

Additional Comments: I also started a blog to chronicle my 60 half marathon challenge. Here is the link:

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