Class of 2013 Personal Best Athletes

There’s an additional definition of “personal best” that senior athletes exemplify, and that anyone can achieve. It’s not about a peak moment in time or distance in sports; it’s about overcoming challenges and obstacles, staying motivated throughout your life, and inspiring others by your example. This results in greater longevity and a healthy, active lifestyle – and that is your Personal Best!

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Fran Allison, 80, Kinston, NC & Jackie Allison, 56, Youngsville, NC Fran Allison's motor never stops, and the energy has
John Morgan, Jr., 90, Salt Lake City, Utah John Morgan, Jr. is first and foremost an entrepreneurial businessman. The role model
Elli Edgar, 65, Phoenix, Arizona Elli Edgar is a colorful character who colors for a living. Starting from a background
Col. James "Jamie" Houston, 59, Fort Jackson, South Carolina Col. James Houston, like most who make a career with the
Jackie Stephens, 76, Fairfax Station, Virginia When Jackie Stephens was young she lived with her grandfather who was the Baptist
"I perspire to inspire" - Mike Fanelli, 56, San Anselmo, California What can you say about a guy who has logged over
Making Up For Lost Time...Fast - Oscar Peyton, 60, Accokeek, Maryland Oscar Peyton always knew he had natural athletic ability
Pencil Me In - Mary Lauffer, 95, Annapolis, Maryland You would think a golfer would talk first about getting two
"I'm Better" -Howard Hall, 92, Frankfort, Kentucky You have to watch out for Howard Hall, he’ll sneak up on you.
Psyched! - Bob O'Connor, 67, River Forest, Illinois Bob O'Connor was always a good runner and made the most of
Senior softballer proves “If you build it, they will come” - Bill Altman, 82, San Antonio, Texas When Bill Altman
The Art (and Science) of a Successful Life - Leurene Hildenbrand, 81, Hartville, Ohio This is the story of an
  I'm Stunned I Can Actually Do This - DeEtte Sauer, 71, Houston, Texas As she will readily admit, at
Tending His Garden - John Tatum, 94, Washington DC When John Tatum received our call to interview, he was doing
No Retreat No Surrender - Mark Ballenger, 59, Cleveland, Ohio Mark Ballenger enjoyed an active life as an elite skater
Beating the Odds - Kay Glynn, 60, Hastings, Iowa Kay Glynn loves to move – acrobatics, dancing, sports, you name
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