David Pain Pioneer of Masters Athletics

Our condolences to David’s family and our heartfelt thanks for his vision for Masters Athletes. Rest in Peace.

He countered ageism by organizing track meets for older adults — igniting a worldwide movement. He defied a ban on South African athletes during the apartheid area. Starting with his 50th birthday, he conducted annual “biathlons,” which inspired his friends to create a sport. They call it triathlon. And when arthritis in his knee ended his running career, he took up cycling — and set age-group records.

~Ken Stone

Here is the full Obituary by Ken Stone: https://timesofsandiego.com/sports/2019/02/15/david-pain-dies-at-96-masters-track-founder-inspired-1st-triathlon/

 

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