Attention all baby boomers in search of longer, healthier lives: Hop off your treadmills, put down those bottles of DHEA, and prepare to have your crossword puzzle-sharpened minds blown by Olga Kotelko, the 94-year-old star of Bruce Grierson’s new book, “What Makes Olga Run?’’
Olga, who took up track and field at 77, now holds 26 world records in events such as the 100-yard dash, high jump, hammer throw, and javelin. The retired Vancouver teacher lives alone and tends an organic garden when shes not training or competing. Grierson examines Olga’s life, medical history, and personal qualities in an attempt to figure out why Olga is able to remain so vigorous at a time when most of her contemporaries are dead or in nursing homes. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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