Miriam Seward’s talent on the track almost put her among some of the greatest athletes of her day.
“You know I was qualified for the Olympics, but I was underage,” said Mariam. “So, I could not run for the Olympics so I was disqualified.”
Seward, a native of Tanzania, was living in Germany at the time and was only 13 years old. Seward competed again until late in life.
Some 40 years would past, as Seward started a family and had children. One day the question of running came up with her husband.
“When I moved to Albuquerque my husband mentioned, ‘You used to run,” said Seward. “Why don’t you try the Senior Olympics?’ I said, ‘Senior Olympics?’ I said, ‘Well, I don’t know. I’m not interested.'”
That all changed two years ago when the 60-year-old Seward had a change of heart. She decided to compete in the New Mexico Senior Olympics.
“The 15-hundred meter race, I got the gold,” said Seward. “I ran the 800 meter. I got the gold. I ran the 400. I got the gold.”
Seward qualified for the national games in all three events. She will have a home-field advantage because the National Senior Olympics will be in Albuquerque this year. Seward is ready to take on all competitors in the 60 to 64-year-old group.
“I don’t know them so I don’t know how they run, but I’m ready,” said Seward. “Whatever it’s going to be I’m ready.”
The National Senior Olympics is June 14 through June 25.