Carol Hansen Montgomery has found her fountain of youth, and it’s called competitive running.

The 77-year-old took up the sport in her mid-40s, to deal with the stress of writing her doctoral dissertation and to avoid weight gain, she said. As she got older, she found herself without role models to give her an idea of what to expect, she said.

So she wrote “Tapping the Fountain of Youth: Profiles of Women Runners Over 50,” to provide those role models to younger women.

The self-published work, released in August, contains interviews with 28 women runners, seven of whom are from South Jersey. They discuss how they got started in the sport, how they train and deal with injuries, their diets, accomplishments and goals.

Most of the women, like her, started running road races in their 30s and 40s, and have found ways to overcome injury and setbacks.

“One started at 59 while recovering from breast cancer,” she said of Lois Ann Gilmore, of Janesville, Wis. “Then she had a stroke at 70, and is now setting age group records in her 80s,” she said.

Montgomery moved to Ocean City about six years ago to be with her partner, Herb Townsend, 74, another serious runner. They met when she purchased running shoe inserts he made to cushion feet using Silly Putty, she said.

Montgomery retired at age 70 from her job as director of the Drexel University library, right after she ran the Boston Marathon for the first time, she said. She came in second in her age group.

The book is available in paperback and for the Kindle at

Behind the scenes of ‘E!’

Atlantic Cape Community College communications professor Keith Forrest will discuss his experiences as a writer and producer for E! Entertainment Television at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in room A-146 of Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Forrest, of Collingswood, Camden County, began working at E! in 1991, a few months after the network launched, on the talk show “The Inside Word” and for “E! News Daily” until his departure in 1995, according to Atlantic Cape.

Shore Medical Center ‘Angel’

Environmental Services Department employee Mary Dilks, of Egg Harbor Township, is Shore Medical Center’s October Guardian Angel of the Month, the hospital recently announced.

The Guardian Angel Program allows patients to thank a special caregiver through a donation to Shore Medical Center. Dilks also assists and guides Shore’s special-needs volunteers.

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