Last week, two Learning ZoneXpress employees competed in the Minnesota Senior Games. Founder and CEO, Melanie Nelson and Marketing Analyst, Becky Vick both competed in the 50- and 100-meter dashes. The event had a great turnout, and all of the athletes brought their "A" game. Watching Melanie, Becky, and all of the other participants (ranging from 50-93 years old) was an absolute blast. Positive energy and enthusiasm were themes throughout the day.
After the event, Melanie says "I found the athlete in myself - wanting to to do my best, wanting to be a part of an athletic team, and enjoying older, fit people who just loved an opportunity to play!" Becky also had a great time competing. "This was my first time participating in the Senior Games," she says. "I have not competed in a track event for over 40 years, but what a great experience! Meeting, watching and talking with other athletes was the best part of the games. What a great job Owatonna did with all the volunteers and the organization of this event. I am looking forward to participating in 2014!"
All of the athletes did such a great job, but there was one that stood out from his peers. His name is Harold Bach, and at 93 years of age, he was the eldest participant in the Senior Games. Pictured above, Harold competed in four events. Watching him was unlike anything we've ever experienced. How incredible to be competing in such an event at 93 years old? Talk about an inspiration. The Owatonna People's Press wrote a great piece about this star athlete.
Mr. Bach, who in addition to being a Senior Games gold medal winner in several running events is also a cancer survivor and World War II veteran, credits his longevity to his very active lifestyle. This year, Mr. Bach competed in the 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, earning gold medals in each, something we feel speaks volumes about the benefits of pursuing regular exercise. Exercise, combined with a healthy diet, will do much in reducing the rates of adults and children who are overweight or obese. That, in turn, will aid in making us all healthier, which is a good thing. We applaud Mr. Bach for setting an example that we should all strive to follow.
It was an absolute pleasure meeting Harold and all of the athletes at this year's games. Next year's event will be held in Bloomington and after this experience, we wouldn't miss it for the world.