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Local resident completes 5k run

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Patricia Lund, 72, ran in the Round Hill 5K with her daughter (middle) and grandson (right).

The finish line of the Round Hill 5K over Memorial Day weekend signified the end to quite a journey for 72-year-old Ashburn resident Patricia Lund. The only person over the age of 70 to enter the race, Lund completed the 3.1-mile course in just over 47 minutes alongside her daughter and grandson. In 2007, Lund’s doctor recommended she lose 65 pounds for her health, so she began walking three miles a day. Now 62 pounds lighter, Lund added workouts in the Ashby Ponds’ retirement community’s exercise facility and 40 minutes of lap swimming in hopes of being able to complete a 5K.

"Having never run in a race like this before, there was something exhilarating about it,” said Lund.