Class of 2014 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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Irma DeMarzo, 76, Jackson, New Jersey Irma DeMarzo is the kind of person that embraces everything that she does, and especially
Jerry LeVasseur, 76, Brunswick, Maine On a hot and sunny July day in 1944, young Jerry LeVasseur and his mother
Ruby Rott, 80, Saint Paul, Minnesota When we first invited Ruby Rott to be a Personal Best athlete, she didn't feel
Ethel Lehmann, 84, Largo, Florida Baseball was love at first sight from the time Ethel Lehmann was a little girl
Dr. Granville Coggs, 88, San Antonio, Texas “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my
By the Numbers - Jane Kaiser, 65, St. Louis, Missouri Jane Kaiser may not be the most gifted senior athlete,
Targeting the Heart - Little Big Eagle, 58, Midland, North Carolina There he stood on the awards podium in Cleveland,
Full Cycle - Larry Johnson, 94, Albuquerque, New Mexico When he turned 90, Larry Johnson's grandson challenged him to ride
Going Great Lengths - Vivian Stancil, 67, Riverside, California Photo (below) By: Cathy Wilson If you had told a young
Forever 21 - Karen Newman, 52, New Greenwich, Connecticut It would be easy to survey the athletic accomplishments of seven
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