On a sunny day in Glendale, California more than 100 masters-category athletes showed up to walk, run, throw, vault and jump at our annual Sri Chinmoy Masters Games event. Perhaps the most notable result was the new American record set in the 800-meter race by 91-year-old Gunnar Linde from Venice,CA. His time of 4:15:95 shaved some 24 seconds off the previous age-group (90-94) record set in 1989!
The remarkably fit athletes completed sprints, hurdles, middle distance events, a 5000-meter race walk, pole vault, long jump, high jump, pole vault, javelin, discus, and shotput. While one or two events were enough for some of the competitors, a brave group of seven men contested a pentathlon comprising 200 meters, 1500 meters, long jump, javelin, and discus. The results were inspiring, proving yet again that determination trumps age.
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team extends a sincere thank you to the athletes, volunteers, and officials. We'll see you next year!