A record 13,712 athletes from nearly every state in America traveled to Albuquerque, N.M. to participate in the 2019 National Senior Games, presented by Humana. Records were set. Inspiration was delivered. Friends were made. And Growing Bolder’s team of reporters, including Marc Middleton, Bill Shafer and three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, was there to capture all the moments that made this event so special.
Some of the world’s most inspirational athletes are spending the week in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they are taking part in 20 medal sports, setting records and proving that it’s not about age — it’s about attitude. Growing Bolder is proud to cover the 2019 National Senior Games, presented by Humana, where the 13,712 over-50 athletes are in action.
Growing Bolder is heading to the National Senior Games! What kind of stories will we tell? Growing Bolder Founder/CEO Marc Middleton shares why our stories will have little do with winners and losers and everything to do with celebrating the spirit of all the participants.
There’s no better way to enrich your life than by making a difference in someone else’s. Volunteering is a great way to do just that. No matter how old, or young you are, giving just a bit of yourself can be all it takes to break the ice, and give someone the push they need. A nationwide program called Gliding Stars encourages special needs kids to go skating. Paired with able-bodied volunteers, the ice offers exercise, independence and joy in a most unexpected way for both clients and volunteers.
Joan Benoit Samuelson may be the most inspiring female distance runner ever. In 1984 she won gold in the first Women’s Marathon ever held at the Olympics. Just weeks ago at the age of 60, she completed the Boston Marathon within 30 minutes of her very first time, exactly forty years ago. Joan shares with Growing Bolder what she believes it takes to stay in the race at any age.
40 years after winning the Boston Marathon, Joan Benoit Samuelson has fulfilled a comeback promise — and she did it with an incredible time.Samuelson finished the 2019 marathon with a time of 3:05:18, less than 40 minutes longer than her winning time in 1979. Now 61, Samuelson showed up to the race in the same outfit she wore 40 years before — a Bowdoin College singlet, a backwards hat, and a giant smile.
If you want to keep moving…you have to keep moving! Functional fitness is critical to Growing Bolder. It helps us maintain our independence for as long as possible and allows us to enjoy our lives to the fullest. It starts with one step! Health and fitness expert Betsy Hughes talks about what she and her husband have learned from decades of working with runners and athletes of all ages.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 80% of people in this country do not engage in the total recommended amount of exercise needed to stay healthy. One of the most common reasons given is that many just do not want to go to a gym. But exercise does not have to be work. Here’s a lesson from a group of women between the ages of 75 and 96 who have found a way of disguising their exercise as fun.
Ruben Gonzalez describes himself as having “limited athletic ability,” yet he’s a four-time Winter Olympian. He explains why he’s set his sights on a new goal — becoming the oldest Winter Olympian in history at the 2022 Games.
Each year for the past 13 years, George Etzweiler has taken on the challenging 7-mile Mount Washington Road Race, which takes runners to a height of 4,700 feet. And each year he sets another record. We get this amazing 98-year-old to slow down long enough to share his secrets of active longevity.