Emil Pawlik gets early start on 2018 WMA worlds in Malaga, Spain

M75 multi-eventer Emil Pawlik, a 2004 Masters Hall of Famer, has good years and great years. He’s having a good one in 2017 — his 30th in our niche sport — and gearing up for a great one in 2018. His local paper reports his secret: “Pawlik, a self-described early riser, is on a high school track several mornings a week at daybreak during the summer months. Once the weather gets cold, he’ll move back indoors for weight training, short-distance running and cycling. His daughter, an avid tri-athlete, also has the track and field bug, and Pawlik cheers on his young grandsons as they play every sport they can take part in. And Pawlik’s wife travels with him to all of his track and field competitions, wherever they are.” He says: “In 2018 I’ll compete in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Spain and at U.S. venues in Ohio and North Carolina. I think it’s so important if you’re physically fit and without medical problems to stay in shape, to better yourself. It will really increase your quality of life in your later years.” He’s 78 now, and I’ve seen him run hurdles for ages. Sounds like I need to set my alarm earlier.

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August 1, 2017

11 Responses

  1. Noel Ruebel - August 2, 2017

    Emil is a legend in the combined events and is an inspiration to myself and others who appreciate his company and competitive spirit. It’s a privilege to share the track with this gentleman!

    Emil’s wife, Karen, is always in the vicinity keeping an eye on his performance, and is always at the ready to administer assistance to the aches and pains inevitable with the effort displayed by her best friend. Emil and Karen Pawlik are truly one of the majestic couples who grace our masters circuit!

    Congratulations on 30 years in masters track, and best of luck in 2018.

  2. Bill Daprano - August 2, 2017

    Emil is one of the greats. I have been one of his fans over the years, I too wish him all the beat in 2018

  3. John Impson - August 2, 2017

    I had just started my track career a few years ago. Ran against him, lost a few, but learned a lot from him.

  4. christel donley - August 2, 2017

    All praise to Emil, what a friend he has been over the years, won’t even talk about his athletic success: beyond GREAT!

    Now, Karen should get a lot of “cheers”, not only being his support and “other half” , another great friend forever.
    Whoever does not know, now you will: She was one of the World’s best javelin throwers and had my respect and admiration since we met by chance at LA Valley College in CA – seems light years ago, her Mom Edith was coaching? her and I happen to walk in and start throwing again, what a blessing it has been over all the years!
    Thanks Karen and Emil – Malaga, here we come – and a few other places beforehand!

  5. Bob Hewitt - August 2, 2017

    Emil has been my inspiration since I witnessed his championship performance in the Decathlon in San Sebastian in 2005. He and Karen represent the best of what we all admire in terms of performance, friendliness, overcoming injury and support of our sport. All the best in Malaga.

  6. Suzy Wojcik - August 2, 2017

    I also will jump on the bandwagon for Emil and Karen! Without Emil I would not have been able to win my second silver medal in Baton Rouge! When my weight throw event got moved, due to weather, to the next day, Emil was kind enough to take me to the track the next morning and then drive me to the airport so I could make my mid day flight. Two of the nicest, kindest people I know!

  7. Mary Harada - August 2, 2017

    Emil and Karen – great athletes and great folks – I look forward to meeting up with them in 2018.

  8. wayne bennett - August 2, 2017

    I have competed with Emil for many years. What a great relationship we have had. He and Karen have a very special place in my heart and mind. I’ll miss competing with him in his 80’s as I have now retired from national competition. Best of luck in 2018 and the future Emil.

  9. Phil Byrne - August 2, 2017

    Emil is a great friend, an exceptional athlete, a tough competitor and a true inspiration to all who know him.
    We always enjoyed going head to head all day in a dec and then getting together for dinner afterwards!
    What a guy! They don’t come any better!

  10. Michael D Walker - August 3, 2017

    A truly great athlete and one of the best people you would hope to know.

  11. Brian Coushay - August 13, 2017

    Emil- the best of luck to you this upcoming track season. I loved the video, Keep up the training. There is no doubt you will dominate and come out on top!!

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