Rick Muth, 63, Orange County, California
Rick Muth of Orange County, California is a runner. Boy, is he a runner. Muth, 63, missed the California Senior Games but was determined to qualify for the National Senior Games. He had business in Charlotte, NC so he figured he would take a tree hopper to Charleston, WV where the West Virginia games were taking place.
His perfect plan went awry when the flight was delayed. Determined to take his shot at qualifying, Muth hailed a cab and scurried from Charlotte to Charleston (250 miles – $750) to make sure he arrived in time. “At that point I figured I would’ve spent that much or more if I had to schedule somewhere else to qualify – and I’m glad I took that ride.” Muth did make it in time, and he did qualify for both 400 and 800 meter events. “I know it sounds a little crazy, but I’m very proud I made the effort.”
We are too, Rick, and good luck. With that kind of persistence, we know you’ll do your best and inspire those around you. As for the rest of you, there’s no reason for anyone else who qualified to sit on the bench. Rick Muth will be waiting to see you in Cleveland.