Class of 2017 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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Lee Stadem, 89, Sioux Falls, South Dakota You might say Leroy “Lee” Stadem has a reverence for sports and fitness.
Hazel Hassen Bey, 93, Montclair, New Jersey In sports, sometimes the story is about amazing feats of skill and glory.
Running in Style - Ann McGowan, 92, Providence, Rhode Island It’s always good to look your best. For Ann McGowan, it’s
Roy Englert, 94, Springfield, Virginia For a man who didn’t start running until after he was 50, Roy Englert has
Jordan Wolle, 89, Las Cruces, New Mexico No one loves water more than Jordan Wolle. That could be the setup
George Freeman, 86, Foley, Alabama There are just some people in the world that catch you by surprise. When you
Ed True, 85,O'Fallon, Illinois As you read through Ed True’s life history in the conversation below, it becomes clear that
Dottie Gray, 91, Saint Louis, Missouri   When Dottie Gray signed up for the first national sports competition for seniors
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