(Louisville, KY) Athletes from as far away as Florida hit the track at Dupont Manual High School in the annual Metro Parks "Fifty and Over" track and field event.
The seniors competed in 11 events including the 100 yard dash, long jump, triple jump, and the high jump to name a few. For the athletes, the chance to compete keeps them coming to the event. "The smell of the liniment and Absorbine Jr.", joked Ron Chilton, 77, "it's invigorating to get out here".
Probably the biggest inspiration to the athletes competing is 80 something year old, Bess Ezell. She has competed in the event for over 20 years, winning countless gold, silver, and bronze medals. "I'm going to do some road races, whatever they got for me to do", said Ezell. According to Ezell, she's not the oldest person who competes every year. There's another lady who is 99, who did not compete this year.
The chance to compete, form friendships, and still compete for gold medals keeps this group of seniors healthy and active.
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