UpGraded Senior Superstars

Fauja Singh – 100 Year Old Marathoner

I’ve run a few marathons, so on this one, I speak with authority.  Marathons are hard – very hard, even when you are young. So here I sit thinking about getting back to running after a long layoff, and wondering if I’m too old to run any more.  I do have that hip that sometimes…

96 Year Old Yoga Teacher

When I hear some of my contemporaries in their 60s and 70s complaining that they have gotten too old to be active, etc., etc., I always suggest that they spend some time with our Superstars.  Here’s the next one. Tao Porchon-Lynch is a 96 year old active yoga teacher, who’s been teaching yoga for 56…

The Amazing Story of Cliff Young

This is truly the story of an UpGraded Senior Superstar – one named Cliff Young.  Cliff entered (and won) the Sydney to Melbourne run in Australia (544 miles) at age 61.  Oh, and he broke the record for the run in the process by almost two days. Not that it matters, but he ran without…

Sam “Sonny” Bryant, Jr.

People have the misconception that age makes you old, but I realized it’s a state of mind that makes you old.  Age . . . gives most people – the majority of people – a reason to be lazy. So says Sam “Sonny” Bryant, Jr., my latest UpGraded Senior Superstar.  Sonny is a 70 year…

World’s Oldest Active Gymnast

OK, UpGraders.  Here’s another one – 86 year old gymnast Johanna Quass, the world’s oldest active gymnast in 2012.  The videos say it all (even if in German!).  And, for some of you doubters, hop on the parallel bars and try to duplicate the routines.  I’m not a gymnast, but I have been on parallel…

Mayor Hazel “Hurricane” McCallion

Here’s another one for the “so, what’s your excuse” category. Mayor Hazel “Hurricane” McCallion, age 88, the mayor of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. Her record is modest. She’s only been mayor for 31 years. She only gets elected by 92% of the vote. Oh, and while every government body known to man or woman is…

Bodybuilding At Age 93

Dr. Charles Eugster

This is a very inspirational Ted Talk by Dr. Charles Eugster, age 93, who is billed as the “world’s fittest nonegenarian” and is the world’s oldest competitive oarsman and bodybuilder.  It’s well worth your time to watch and listen. To read more about Dr. Eugster, visit his website.

The Amazing Stephen Jepson

Need a little inspiration to get you started down the right path, and maybe even help you quit whining about being too old to start? Watch this video with the amazing Stephen Jepson:

Bowling a Perfect Game (the Hard Way)

Here’s another entry for the “UpGraded Senior Superstars.”  Mr. Dale Davis.  What makes Dale a senior superstar you ask? Well, in 2008 at age 78 Mr. Davis bowled a perfect 300 game.  For the non-bowlers, a perfect game means rolling 12 strikes (all pins knocked down with one ball) in a row in a single…