Rayma Dixon carved out a remarkable athletic career as a runner beginning at an age when most elite athletes are retired. Since taking up running in 1973 at the age of 42, Rayma has been piling up gold medals and Canadian record times in her age class. She has won championships at Provincial, National, North American and Pan-American levels and has held Canadian or North American records at every distance from one mile to the 26.2 mile marathon.
Rayma has won 19 gold medals and established eight Canadian and two North American records.
In 1982 she chalked up three records at the Masters’ North American Track and Field Championships in Ottawa. In the 50-54 age group, she won the 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 metre races.
That year she established the Canadian record in the marathon for women over age 50 at the National Capital Marathon in Ottawa, finishing in 3 hours, 15 minutes and 50 seconds, a record that still stands.
In 1991, Rayma established Canadian records for women age 60 to 64 in the 15-K road race in Guelph and in the 10-mile road race against world-class competition in Flint, MI. She was still going strong in 1995, setting the Canadian standard for the mile for women 60 and over in a road race in Haliburton.
Rayma was named Peterborough’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1983 and 1984 and in 1988 and 1991 received National Achievement Awards from the province in recognition of her distinguished performances.