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Despite age differences and a debilitating illness, one family will run the Flying Pig together

An older white man wears shorts, a tank top and a race bib while standing next to his wife.
Mary Soller
His daughter says Dick Soller didn't get active until after he retired from Procter & Gamble and after that was all in. He competed frequently in the Senior Olympics with his wife Jean at his side. She has Alzheimer's now and will do the 10K with Dick, with the help of her daughter.

Northbend’s Dick Soller didn’t do his first marathon until he was 80 years old. He’s now 95 and plans to run in the Flying Pig 10K on Saturday. His daughter says her dad may not do the entire race because he was hospitalized for three days last week. Plenty of people might think the fact that he is competing at all is amazing.

Daughter Mary Soller says her dad only became physically active after he retired from Procter & Gamble. For years, he has competed in the track and field events at the Senior Olympics. Wife Jean was always at his side cheering.

Mary is also a runner and didn’t want to leave her mother, who now has Alzheimer’s, on the sidelines. She contacted the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati to find out the best mode of travel for her mom.

Jean Soller will ride Saturday in the 10K, pushed by her daughter Mary.
Mary Soller
Jean Soller will ride Saturday in the 10K, pushed by her daughter Mary.

Soller found just the right thing. “I researched and looked at a piece of equipment that is actually — you would look at it and think it’s for a child, for jogging, for running — but it’s made for a person with disabilities,” she says.

Mary hopes to bring attention to Alzheimer's research for her mom and is raising money for the cause.

Ann Thompson has decades of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting.