By Dave & Gillene Laney
Published: July 9, 2012.
The almost forgotten story of Mavis Hutchison, first woman to run across America -- at age 53. A mousy housewife 'with no guts and no backbone' until she began running at the late age of 37, she became a national icon as she set records over distances women had never attempted -- and she still runs competitively at 87: "You're only old when you stop growing." She intends to finish life running.