Florida Woman Beats Odds Placing in National Senior Games

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As the only woman in her family who hasn't had breast cancer, Ellen Jaffe Jones, defies odds and places in the National Senior Games proving that you can "just" on a plant-based, vegan diet. At every one of the 54 5K races she's placed in over the last 7 years, she gets told that's impossible.

Holmes Beach resident, Ellen Jaffe Jones, wins 7th in the US in the 60-64 age group at the National Senior Games with a personal record improvement of :35. She also was 10th in the 400 Meters, 16th in the 200 meters and 19th in the 100 meters. Her goal was to finish without injury (more than half who were scheduled to compete in the 400 meters "scratched" after running races the previous day) and place in the top 16 in each event.

Photos on the podium are available upon request.

Ellen will be at the Manatee High Track (902 St. Ct W, Bradenton, 34205) at 5:45-7:30 pm Thursday, Aug. 1 for her running club reunion and workout.

Ellen's mom, aunt and both sisters (rare) had breast cancer, and many other diseases. After posting race photos on her Facebook page, frequent comments were "Senior?" or "Thought you were 20." Ellen credits eating a plant-based, vegan diet to giving her energy and no inflammation to run races back-to-back. Stories about her in the past detail her running as fast or faster than the high school girls she helped coach as a volunteer assistant at Manatee High. Kids she runs with often say, "You're the age of my grandma!"

Ellen has placed in 54 5K or longer races for her age group since 2006. Stories in the past detail her being able to keep up with kids while she was the assistant volunteer coach at the cross country/track girls team at Manatee High, FL.

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