Joe Barger

Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman Staff - 27 June 2017

Joe Barger

Joe Barger, 91, competed this June in the National Senior Games. He finished 1st place in his age division (90-94) for Men's 5k, as well as Track & Field 1500m and Track & Fieldd 800m. Barger also competed in the 100m (5th place), 200m (4th place), 400m (5th place), and 50m (5th place). 

Before journeying on to the National Senior Games in Birmingham, AL, Austin American-Statesman ran a piece on him about his training and healthy lifestyle. See below.

Joe Barger, 91, heads to National Senior Games

By Pam LeBlanc - American-Statesman Staff

World War II veteran Joe Barger, 91, poses for a photo with one of his medals from the Senior Games. Barger is going to the Senior Games in Birmingham this week. DEBORAH CANNON/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Joe Barger, dressed for a run on a recent muggy morning, says he just wants to finish his races at the National Senior Games later this week.

Then a sly grin creeps across his face. Actually, he confesses, he’s also aiming to take down his nemesis — a fast and lean runner named Charlie Baker, who just aged up into the 90- to 95-year-old age group alongside Barger, who is 91.

Barger will line up at the starting blocks of seven events — the 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meters and the 5K — at this year’s games, which are held in alternating years. Athletes qualify by placing at a state meet, and 2017 will mark Barger’s fifth trip to nationals. That’s particularly impressive considering he never competed in sports as a student and just started running in his 60s.

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