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Age Is Just A Number

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -
Sure, they may be a bit passed their prime.... But to the dedicated athletes competing in the Vermont Senior games this weekend, there's nothing better than proving there's still plenty left in the tank.

"I've discovered long ago after hanging out with healthy people that the key is motion, you've got to keep moving."

"I teach several fitness and aging classes, a lot of my students are here to cheer me on and that felt good."

Through the tight hammies and lower back soreness, they battled... Competitors as young as 50 and as seasoned as 81, laying it all on the track... And in the field... to qualify for the national championships next summer in Minneapolis.

"It takes a lot longer to recover when you injure yourself at this age. But if you keep at it, you can work within the perimeters of what your body allows you to do." 

In total there were six track and six field events... A little something for everyone, including the highly decorated Flo Meiler, who says it's just another day on her get off the couch calendar.

"Like I say, it's never too late. I didn't pick up track until I was 60 years old. You're never too late to start."

While Flo has been doing this for decades, for others, it's a first chance to see what they've been missing.

"Its been 35 years since I ran on a track and had it timed. It seemed like a fun idea, Senior Games, why not?!"

On this beautiful day at South Burlington high school, the event feels like a reunion then a competition, with people coming together from all walks of life to enjoy the moment... And turn their attention to the real competition, against father time.

"It means a lot. You meet people and build lasting friendships around the world."

A group of kindered spirits, with a message for the youth of America. Proving age is still just a number.

"They know they can do this one day too. If they take care of themselves and don't gain too much weight."


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