JUNE 22, 2019
JUNE 22, 2019
John King, age 77
I had prior track and field experience in high school, college, and post-college. Now at age 77, I’ve been a Portland Masters Track Club member for 22 years. PMTC has provided a group of like-minded individuals with a love for track and field, much camaraderie and many good friends.
PMTC lost several members over the past year. Two of them were Paul Stepan (11/2/37 - 7/3/18) and Woody Brock (7/4/38 - 10/18 /17). By the time Woody ran in is first track meet in his 70’s, Paul had many years of experience under his belt. Paul had the benefit of growing up with the sport, and helped Woody to see the joy and comradery that came from competing. These two, along with their wives (Paul’s Laura, and Woody’s Marilyn) could be found at meets from Coos Bay to Seattle. Paul and Laura had already been involved in the PMTC Club, Paul was the President and Laura the Secretary, but Woody and Marilyn would help in other ways.
RUN FOR FUN, RUN FOR HEALTH
The original Portland Track Club formed back in the 1960's had members who were mainly college graduates that wanted to stay active in the sport. As the members got older, a natural progression followed in the 1970's with the club becoming the Portland Masters Track Club, which is the oldest Masters club in the USA. Since then, the club has grown in numbers and is still very active in meets throughout the US. We are always looking for/encouraging new members. Our annual Track & Field Meet is also one of the oldest Masters meets in the USA. Remember, you're never too old to compete.
We hold a weekly workout, Sundays from 9:30am to 11am. The location varies so email to confirm. All are welcome (runners, jumpers, and throwers) and encouraged to join us. We work with all levels of athletes, so don't be afraid to come out and have some fun, get some exercise, and best of all, meet new people. We look forward to seeing you out on the track.
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