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.
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/