Al Haan, an 86-year-old participant at InnovAge’s PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) center in Thornton, Colorado, recently competed in the Rocky Mountain Senior Games. Al’s event is the 1,500-meter race walk.
He completed the walk in 13:36 and took second place in the 85 to 89-year-old division at the games. (His brother Raymond took first with a time of 13:19.)
Al tells us the walk wasn’t as difficult at competing in the 97-degree heat!
So how does he do it? Lots of preparation. Al has trained every day for the past two years in the morning. He then started walking 15 laps daily at Thornton Center when he joined PACE.
An InnovAge recreation specialist suggested Al enter the senior games and the rest, as they say, is 4,921 feet.
Watch for Al next year at the track. He’s started lifting weights and building his core strength so he can run the 100M dash.