Monday, June 28, 2010
Monday Motivation from Michigan States Games in Grand Rapids
This past Saturday I was one of the medical volunteers at the Michigan State Games. It was the first time Michigan has had a state games. I was at the track and field and rugby venues in East Kentwood High School. First, East Kentwood facilities are impressive. It's like a small college. Second, there was some really cool people roaming around.
The Track and Field had events from the 50 yard dash for the kids up to a 5K cross country race. They had an Elite Mile, that was run in 4:04 seconds. They had a 2 year old compete in the long jump, the youngest and a 74 year old compete in the 200 meter, the oldest. It's pretty awesome watching a 74 year old rolling around the corner in the 200 meter.
A 64 year old athlete pole vaulted 9 feet. A local track standout from East Kentwood, coming off an impressive performance at the Track National Championships in North Carolina, won the 100 meters in 10.96.
I'm sure with the kind of efforts put forth from all these athletes from all different ages and abilities, The Michigan State Games will continue to grow. The take home message, keep competing, keep playing, regardless of ability.