Liz Palmer is one of the other 1,400 athletes competing. The 49-year-old Folsom resident says the championships prove…age is no barrier to competition.
“I ran hurdles and sprints while in high school and in college. And I was very lucky to find out that you’re still able to run them as a master’s athlete.”
In fact, most of the athletes in the competition range in age from 45-to-55. Bob Burns with the Sacramento Sports Commission says some are even older.
“I just was out at the hammer ring and a 90-year-old won his age group in the hammer. I mean throwing the hammer is hard if you’re 18-years-old and this guy’s doing it at 90.”
The four-day free event ends on Sunday. Plans are underway for a World Masters Championships next year at Sac State.