The US National Senior Games held at Stanford University in the San Francisco Bay area of California is the largest multi-sport event in the world for men and women athletes ages 50 and older.
12,750 athletes and an additional 25,000 family and friends were expected at the Olympic style games.
There were more than 800 events contested over 16 days.
I heard someone say that the Stanford track is the second most expensive running track in the US. And I was invited to run on the track with the National Senior Olympics. What an opportunity it was. I previously qualified in the Oklahoma Senior Olympics in 200 meter track and the 5k road race.
The San Francisco Bay area is beautiful and the weather was perfect. I stayed for 5 nights and 6 days. I couldn’t get enough time off from work to be able to stay for all the events.
My mother and daughter joined me and we shared a hotel room in Sunnyvale just a few miles away from Palo Alto, California.
I arrived back from California on Thursday August 13, 2009 feeling great. I didn’t win, but had a great time.