SCARBOROUGH – Mary Harada set an American age-group record in the 3,000-meter run today at the Maine Senior Games track and field championships at Scarborough High School. 

Harada, 75, of West Newbury, Mass., completed the 7 1/2-lap race in 15:38.98, nearly two minutes ahead of the previous best in the 75-79 women’s age group – 17:37.2, set by Bess James in August of 1985. 

More than 100 competitors from the ages of 50 to 93 took part in the Maine Senior Games track and field meet, which drew people from across the United States and Canada. The event is part of the Maine Senior Games, which includes 17 events and runs through Sept. 26.

“You don’t get famous doing this,” Harada said of the Senior Games. “But you like to be able to stay healthy and continue to compete at a good level and encourage your friends to do the same.”


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