Profile of Mary Clayton


We now introduce you to another of our accomplished, experienced, older runners, the 76 years old, Mary Clayton. Mary has had a very impressive running career to date with many significant achievements over a career of 13 years.

As well as consistently medalling in various events, especially in recent years, Mary is truly dedicated to the sport, with a consistent regime of training combined with yoga and biking.

Mary is a friendly, cheerful person and a great companion on a training run or on a race excursion.

Amongst Mary’s notable achievements:

  • Half marathons in Ottawa and Picton. Included a gold medal performance in Picton in 2019
  • Success in Richmond, Sydenham  and Kingston
  • Many age group wins in local races
  • An overall win in the 2014 edition of the Jingle Bell  Chase.


Thanks, Mary for participating in this project.

Where are you from originally and what brought you to this area?

I am originally from Quebec.  My husband was transferred to this area with his job.

How  long have you been running?

I have been running for 13 years.  I had gone to see my doctor for depression and anxiety. His advice was to get out and do something for myself.  I saw a Learn to Run program starting up, so I joined up and have been running ever since.

Do you run for fun or competitively?

I run for fun.  I compete against myself.

Why do you run?

I love the camaraderie and also the health benefits that go with running.

Recent memorable running moment?   Not necessarily in a race.

My best memories of running were our trips to Ottawa Race Weekends.  The hard work, the run and the celebrating!!

Best running achievement?

My first half marathon in Picton.

Greatest running disappointment ?

Not being able to join my running friends for the beautiful  Philadelphia Half Marathon in 2012 due to family issues.

What is your favorite race distance? Why?

I would say 10K is my favorite now.  It still takes training,  it is still challenging but doable.

A notable race moment or most memorable race?

A notable race moment for me was my first race ever.  The 5K California Race in 2009.  I never ever thought I would  ever run 5K!!

Why did you join BRRC?

I started running the BRRC races, and wanted to get running  in a group.

Ever been injured? How did it happen?

My very first injury after 12 years of running was 2 months ago.  A  torn meniscus, which just happened on a regular
morning run.

What is your favorite race?

I would have to say Ottawa is my favorite race. Usually great  weather, great crowd support, fun atmosphere, beautiful
city and great food!!!

What does your daily or weekly workout consist of?

My weekly routine is a 5K run on Mon. Wed. and Fri. with a bit  longer run on Saturdays.  Yoga twice a week and also biking.