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Beloved Pilates instructor retires from the YMCA


Last updated 11/14/2019 at 11:47am

Beacon photo by Madeline Coats

Karen Carriker taught her last Pilates class Nov. 7 after 17 years with the Mukilteo YMCA

Karen Carriker has been teaching Pilates for nearly 40 years. The fitness junkie retired Nov. 7 after 17 years of flexibility, strength, and endurance training at the YMCA in Mukilteo.

After her last class, people told stories and gave affirmations about their role model. Other instructors said they have big shoes to fill, even if her shoe size is only 6.5.

Carriker's career in fitness began around the same time she married Mike, her husband of 44 years. He was a test pilot in the Navy, and they moved around often.

"I asked her five times to just start all over again and do it again. Do it...

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