At age 96, golden years shine with gold medals


Are you having trouble staying motivated to work out on these lazy summer days? Well the next time you find yourself making excuses for not doing your daily run or bike ride, think "What would Leland do?" and get moving!

At the USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Leland McPhie, age 96, competed in the shot put, discus throw, javelin throw, long jump triple jump, high jump, and 100 meter dash. He won all events in the 95 and older division because there were no other entrants.

His 37.16 second finish in the 100 meters was a new American age-group record.

Bob Fulton, a 70-year-old multi-event athlete from Ft. Collins, Colorado told the Sacramento Bee, "He’s 96 and he’s not sitting in a chair somewhere. … I’d love to see more people do what he does. I think it’s going to catch on.”

Click here to read the full Sacramento Bee article about Leland McPhie.
By John Schumacher
Published: Sunday, Jul. 25, 2010 – 12:00 am, The Sacramento Bee newspaper | Page 1C

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