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Woman tandem skydives to celebrate 80th birthday

While most people would be elated to even reach an 80th birthday in great health, for Joretta Allen of Pueblo West, the big day needed a little spicing up.

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Joetta Allen celebrates her 80th birthday by jumping from a plane with Mat Clark, instructor at High Sky Adventures Parachute Club in Penrose.
COURTESY PHOTO Joetta Allen celebrates her 80th birthday by jumping from a plane with Mat Clark, instructor at High Sky Adventures Parachute Club in Penrose.

As in a tandem skydive from a height of 8,000 feet.

The active mother of six — she participates in water aerobics, the Silver Sneakers program and finished the Bolder Boulder 10K walk last year — decided to celebrate her eighth decade on Earth on Wednesday by checking off one of the items on her “bucket list,” a skydive.

“I’ve been thinking about this for several years,” Allen said. “I wanted to do it on my 75th birthday, but it didn’t work out. So I figured 80 was a good number and a good day to do it.”

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