Navajo and Cheyenne beat us to it: Masters track in America
In the March issue of Running Times, Roger Robinson has a neat little history lesson on masters running. He mentions the 1930s British debut of the Veterans Athletic Club and David Pain’s emergence in the 1960s, of course. But I learned something new! “Some cultures accepted it as natural to stay active,” Roger writes. “The Navajo held races for all ages, including girls and an ‘old man’s race,’ and the Cheyenne have a story of how a 50-year-old chief called Little Wolf outraced the best young Sioux over 4 miles.” How cool! Now I wish someone would go further back in time. Did Greeks have a Geezer Olympics? Did Egyptians take time out from the pyramids to see which old guy (over 25, given longevity of the day) had the best footspeed? Go Little Wolf!