Sarasota, Florida, newspaper features masters track in senior story

I had a nice chat yesterday with a reporter in Florida, who produced this nice summary of masters sports. Thomas Becnel writes: “In Englewood, 80-year-old David Rider has set records in everything from the high jump to the 5,000-meter. To match his rivals, the former track coach runs four days a week and lifts weights or stretches on his off days. ‘We all take it pretty seriously,’ he says. ‘Just like a younger guy would.’ Rider holds Florida Senior Games records in the 80-85 age group for the high jump (3 feet, 8 inches) and pole vault (6 feet). He won a national championship as an 80-year-old with a 5K time of 31 minutes, 8 seconds. How long does he expect those marks to last? ‘Not very long,’ Rider says, laughing.” Love it (despite the 80-85 booboo. Common error.)

Nice headline — it's creative rather than dismissive or cliche — for Tom's story.

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February 24, 2012

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  1. Sarasota Masters Track - February 25, 2012

    There are a lot of great masters competitors down here in the SRQ. Mostly roadracers I’m afraid, but we’re working on getting some of them back on the track. It was a nice surprise to see Ken Stone in our local fishwrap this morning. Yea Ken!

  2. Bruce Fabricant - December 4, 2013

    David Rider was an outstanding track coach at Mount Vernon HS in Mount Vernon, NY. He was elected to the Westchester County Sports Hall of Fame. I am trying to locate him in order to include him in a book I am writing about ‘the greatest sports figures’ to come out of Mount Vernon. I would appreciate if David could contact me at or on my cell at 914-772-2434.
    Thanks, Bruce Fabricant

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