Gregarious senior runner earns Space Coast Runner award


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Photo Courtesy of Yasmin Yheimy Jarman

Yheimy Yasmin Jarman has won The Space Coast Runners Female Senior Grand Masters Runner of the Year award for the 2018/2019 season.

It’s an impressive accomplishment for the enthusiastic and gregarious 64-year-old Palm Bay resident.

This prestigious award was given by The Space Coast Runners at its annual Celebration Night in June. In addition to completing six races ranging from 2 miles to 26.2 miles to qualify for SRC’s award, Jarman has competed in various road races in several states, including the New York City Marathon and the Chicago Marathon.

It all began in 2009 when Jarman’s recently married daughter, Jessica, invited her mom to join her as a mother-daughter participant in the Disney Princess Half Marathon at the Walt Disney World Resort.

“I had no clue how to run 13.1 miles, but I was so happy my daughter asked me to do that with her,” Jarman said.

Jarman completed her first race smiling all the way.

“At the end of the day, I was tired, but good. So, I said, ‘look at this old lady, first race at 54.’

“My life totally changed since that first run. I’ve changed my eating and sleeping habits. I’ve learned, ‘you gotta keep moving.’ I can’t run like a 14-year old, but I run at a very good pace.”

Jarman maintains a dedicated training program.

“I couldn’t do this at a younger age — taking care of business, children, etc. We (seniors) don’t have the same responsibilities as a younger person. Therefore, I have time to train.”

Jarman also credits running for improving her body condition and helping to alleviate the pain from injuries she sustained long before running.

In addition to the health benefits and bonding with family (her husband and son also run), Jarman enjoys the connection with nature on her runs outdoors. She has the satisfaction of knowing that a portion of the events’ proceeds are donated to charities.

Jarman encourages all seniors to “run or walk, keep moving, nice and steady; your body will do what you allow your body to do. Set your own pace, it’s your race.”

The Space Coast Runners is a nonprofit organization designed to promote physical fitness through running. Membership is open to all types of runners and walkers. For more information, go to spacecoastrunners.org.

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