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John Vaughan runs circles around others

Each weekday, John Vaughan, 58, runs 4-6 miles when he gets home from work – just about the time rest of us are putting our feet up and watching the evening news.

Weekends he goes for longer runs with his sister, personal trainer Gayle Lossman, and her husband, Fred. Each weekend, John increases the length of his runs in preparation for his first marathon race (26.2 miles) in December.

John was widowed last January after a wonderful long-term marriage to Laverne, and advises that: “Running not only provides something good to do but being in better physical condition makes it easier to stay in good mental shape.”



A high school cross country runner, John played tennis in his 40’s with only an occasional run. His three grandchildren, Hailey, 10; Tyler ,14, and Teri, 7, were instrumental in John’s return to the sport. After joining the three of them in the Daffodil Hill Run, John was once again “hooked” on running and started to train more systematically.

Thanks to Fred and Gayle’s training assistance (alternating 5 minute runs with l minute walks), John’s been able to extend the distance he can cover on any given day.




When he’s not running, John works as vice president-chief information officer for PRIDE Industries, a non-profit corporation (3,700 employees) whose mission is to create jobs for persons with disabilities. That means a weekday commute to the corporate office in Roseville.

With energy to spare, John’s work and training schedule can inspire even the most jaded couch potato.

His advice on how to get moving: “Find somebody to partner with and start slow. It’s always more fun if you’ve somebody to work with. Before long, exercise is a habit; shortly thereafter, it’s part of your life you look forward to every day.”


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