74-year-old celebrates 40 years of running in Gasparilla Distance Classic

Mary Ellen Buechel Holbrook remembers her first Gasparilla race in 1983. She says she hit the wall around the 8-mile mark. “I’m like why did I do this? But then the music from "Rocky" starts playing. And I'm like I can do this. I don’t remember my exact time but I kicked it in.” Mary Ellen, a nurse at Tampa General Hospital, is now 74 and has dozens of races behind her.