About 175 senior participated in this event, sponsored by the Office of Aging, a major provider of assisted living/other types of housing for seniors, and others. Some of the participants were upwards of 85-89 years old (the highest division).
|The starting and finish line|
It was foggy out there on the Vestal Rail Trail, when the race started at 8am.
Off we went, into the fog. There was a 1 mile walk and run, and a 5K walk and run. My spouse and I chose to compete in the 5K. This was our first certified 5K walking event, although we have exercise walked for years.
We completed the race in a little over 50 minutes. To my amazement, I came in fourth in my division (because of some back issues, I wasn't walking as fast as I could) and my spouse came in third in his division (he hung back for most of the race to walk with me).
After all the awards were given out (basically, if you showed up you got a medal), we all toasted our participation with sparkling grape juice. The spokesman for the organizer toasted us, hoping we all would have many finish lines to cross in the future.
That is my wish for you, my dear reader, today - a long and happy life, with many events to celebrate.