Continuing to celebrate our 50th anniversary is athlete Karen Byrne, who is also turning 50 this November. She has been competing since she was 8 years old, and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon going by her performance at Winter Games last week (she won a gold!).
Karen competes in long-distance track and cross-country skiing. Her endurance training spans year-round, from summer to winter and back again. The Bergen County native has a long list of accomplishments, and has traveled the world as a Special Olympics athlete. She ran a half-marathon at the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games in North Carolina, flew all the way to Dublin for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2003, and ran the final torch leg in Japan for the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games. In 2014, Karen got to compete in her home state as the Special Olympics USA Games were held in New Jersey that year. She continues to give the competition a run for their money at the state-level Summer and Winter Games every year.