I love inspiring stories about older athletes! I worked with Senior Olympics at one time in a job I had and went to the New Mexico state games with 1600 athletes age 50 and over. There was one amazing 100 year old gentleman who still competed in archery and shuffleboard. I was talking with his son who told me how hard it was on the older man when he had to give up running at age 95!
Senior Olympics have all sorts of competition from shuffleboard, horseshoes, 8-ball pool, bowling, the things you'd expect to bike racing, track and field events, swimming, and so on. There are state and local games every year and national games every 2 years. You have to qualify at local games to go to state, and at state games to qualify for nationals. I loved working with those. This was long before I had heard so much about the long distance runners and triathaletes that are older, so it was a new world to me at that time. There were a couple of little older ladies at the swimming who couldn't hardly walk but when they hit the water they were like fish and amazing. There were also a lot of really amazing looking athletes in the 80's and 90's. And some amazing pole vaulters of varying ages also. Growing older doesn't have to mean growing weaker. I'm 57 now and stronger than I ever was in my younger years!
There was a show on the Discovery Fit & Health channel a couple of years ago that was called something like "Are you fitter than a senior?" or something like that. It took younger people in their early 20's or so from Britain, and brought them to retirement communities in the US and had them stay a week with someone and eat what they ate and trained like they trained, then at the end of the week had a competition between the younger ones and the older ones. It was amazing how well some of those retirees did and how much the younger ones struggled with changes in lifestyle (they weren't living healthy lifestyles before they went). Hopefully they were inspired to change their ways by spending time with the older ones who were so healthy and athletic.
Last is just the slowest winner."-C Hunter Boyd