Active living senior aiming to break racing record

While scores of runners will be leisurely running the ING Bay to Breakers race this weekend, one active living senior is taking the event seriously.

According to the San Francisco Examiner, Gordon Barnard, who is 81 years old, is looking to defend his title of reigning champion among the 80-plus age group.

The octogenarian has competed in the internationally-recognized race for the past three years, winning in his category in 2009 with a time of one hour and 31 minutes.

"I think everybody just melted from the heat," he told the news source about his worst time yet.

The ING Bay to Breakers race, now in its ninety-ninth year, is an annual 12km event that takes place in San Francisco.

Active living senior aiming to break racing record There is an average of over 66,000 participants who lace up for the event, which is the fourteenth most run road race in the world.

Active living seniors looking to get in shape can begin jogging at any age. Experts advise starting off slowly an increasing the time spent running each week.

It looks like even Barnard has his goals.

"I've always wanted to run the Boston Marathon," he told the news source. "I will do it someday."

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