Leland McPhie at 99 gets star treatment in San Diego County

Our M95 multi-event friend Leland McPhie (pronounced Mc-FEE) was the subject of four or five stories last month when he turned 99 just before indoor nationals. The County News Center focused on his being the oldest retired sheriff’s deputy. So did local TV. His local paper had photo of him on a front page. And a local columnist mentioned his interest in “senior track,” whatever that is. Leland holds many records, of course, and is a longtime member of the SoCal Track Club. He doesn’t compete that often, but he’s still in the game. Keep going, Leland! Belated happy birthday!

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April 3, 2013

6 Responses

  1. Nolan Shaheed - April 3, 2013

    Leland is a wonderful man as well as a great athlete and I’m glad to have him as a friend.

    He really enjoys competing in Track and Field And is always willing to contribute to the needs of the SoCal Track Club.

    Truly my inspiration and I would like to be like Leland.

  2. Mark Cleary - April 3, 2013

    What a nice tribute to not only a Track & Field legend, but an inspiration to all who know him.Leland continues to be an icon in Masters Track & field.Happy 99th my friend

  3. jeff davison - April 4, 2013


  4. Tommy Aunan - April 4, 2013

    Leland is an inspiration. Wish him the best.

  5. Mike Tipping - April 14, 2013


    Thanks for recognizing our friend Leland. My only regret is that the community of masters track isn’t larger, so that more people could know what a great person Leland is.

  6. Phil K. Bisson - April 14, 2013

    leland is a really great man and inspired me through some wonderful conversations at track meets. During the Worlds Masters Track and Field Championships at Sacramento we were talking and he had to go because athletes from Europe all wanted to have their pictures taken with him. Inspirational to all !!

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