Who are those folks running around Wellesley High School’s track every Tuesday evening in the summer and Babson College’s gym in the winter?

They’re too old to be students. A number are in their 60s, 70s, and even 80s. But don’t say that to them. “We don’t act our age,” says Steve Chilton, who has run marathons on all seven continents. Chilton is among the more than two dozen members of the Heartbreak Hill Striders, a running club founded in 1999, when many of its members were still mere youngsters in their 40s and 50s.

Today, the average age is closer to 60, though the club welcomes men and women of all ages — so long as they’re motivated but not macho. “We don’t have people who have what I would refer to as testosterone poisoning,” says Michael Amster, a veteran of 34 marathons. “Everybody is very laid back. They want to do well themselves, and they want to encourage people in the group to do well, too.”  Learn more about the Heartbreak Hill Striders in the Digital Edition of the Fall 2023 Issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine.