Kathleen Richard Callaghan has many personal interests:
She is a talented artist
, whose watercolor paintings hang in private collections and public spaces. She is also a fiber artist, using her sewing skills to create works of art using fabric and embellishments. She has volunteered her artistic skills as a graphic designer to non-profit organizations in the past.
Kathleen is a skillful writer
, who authors a monthly column called “Callaghan’s Calendar” in the Baton Rouge Journal. She also writes a weekly e-newsletter, “Gumbo Ya-Ya,” which gives information on local activities and is distributed free of charge to citizens of Baton Rouge. If you would like to subscribe to “Gumbo Ya-Ya,” click here.
In the mid 1980’s she authored a monthly column on bicycling in "City Fitness" magazine, a tabloid published in Baton Rouge in the early to mid 1980s. One of her essays honoring her father, Oscar Richard, who was a POW in Germany in WWII, appeared in the "Human Condition" column in the Sunday Advocate on March 17, 2002.
Kathleen is also an accomplished athlete.
She has been a long distance runner
since 1978, has run fifteen 26.2-mile marathons, including one ultra-marathon of 31 miles, and has won races in every distance from the mile to the marathon.
She was the overall women’s champion
of the Baton Rouge Marathon in 1989, and has run marathons in such exotic locales as Dublin, Ireland and Honolulu, Hawaii. She also qualified for and ran the prestigious Boston Marathon three times, in 1989, 1990, and 1996.
To learn more about how to qualify for the Boston Marathon
, see the official web site for the Boston Athletic Association, www.baa.org
She participated in the National Senior Olympic Games
during the summer of 2001 when the events took place in Baton Rouge. Kathleen won a 4th place ribbon in the 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) run and placed 9th in the 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) run. She also qualified to participate in the 10-kilometer run in the 2003 National games.
Kathleen has shared her experience and expertise in running by serving as a volunteer coach for the Arthritis Foundation’s Joints in Motion program
, helping others train for marathons. She also volunteered as a coach for the Episcopal Middle School’s girls’ cross country team
has been one of Kathleen’s passions for many years. She has taken several cross-country trips on her bicycle, including a 3-week, 850-mile journey from Mississippi to North Carolina in 1985, a ten day trip through Minnesota and Wisconsin in 1987 and numerous multi-day trips throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Both John and Kathleen enjoy hiking
and have trekked down into the Grand Canyon on a 17-mile trail in 110-degree heat! They also completed a 13-mile hike in Glacier National Park, a 15-mile hike in Yosemite National Park and have hiked trails in Yellowstone National Park and various state parks in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. They have also enjoyed white water rafting
on the Arkansas River in Colorado and the Gallatin River in Montana.
Kathleen has worked out regularly at a health and fitness club for nearly 20 years, lifting weights
, strengthening her body, which keeps her in top physical condition for the endurance sports she enjoys so much.