There's a saying-- people who play together, stay together.
"Oh, I do like him!" Betty Lacharite said.
More like love. Don and Betty Lacharite have been married for 58 years, but bench pressing was not in the marriage vows.
"Keep moving and don't look back," Don said.
And they haven't. They exercise at the Woolen Mill Health Club in Winooski. It's their routine that keeps them strong.
"It was 70 pounds!" Betty said.
And Don's lifting 115 pounds, not bad for an 80 year old.
But Don isn't just a member; he works here, opening up the place three days a week.
The Woolen Mill is nothing new for the Winooski natives. Betty worked in the building when it was a department store. Don's dad got a paycheck here for decades when it truly was a mill.
"We feel good, we keep moving," Don said.
Weightlifting is fun, but running is their passion.
"Lace 'em up before we go!" Betty said.
Four times a week they have a routine that starts at their home and goes through the streets of their hometown. It's not just a short jaunt, it's for miles and miles. They run marathons.
Don might have the strength but Betty has the speed.
"Heads up! Heads up!" she called out.
Betty hasn't always been the picture of health. In 1977, she smoked a half pack of cigarettes a day and was overweight. So, she went to the Winooski football field; first walking and then her first run.
"I put a towel around me and I was screaming and I went home and told him, 'I did a mile!'" she said.
Now, thousands of miles later, their spare room is more like a shrine-- pictures of their marathons adorn every corner.
"All you have is memories," Betty said. "That's what you want to have, Joe."
As I mentioned, they've know each other for a long time. In their favorite picture, Don is 14 and Betty is 10.
"And who would of thought 59 years we were going to marry the boy next door," Betty said.
The Lacharites have a pretty straight forward answer when asked how long they will be running-- until they can't. They exercise like how they live their lives; always together, never a race but a marathon.
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