Fort Wayne native, now Senior Olympian

| June 11, 2014
Ken Thomas displays the gold medals they won at the Senior Olympics/

Ken Thomas displays the gold medals they won at the Senior Olympics/

Special to Frost Illustrated

CINCINNATI—Ken Thomas is a 1982 graduate of Wayne High School in Fort Wayne.  During his tenure at Wayne he was the co-captain of the Cross Country Team.  Ken received many awards, including placing 25th in State while running for Wayne.

Now at 50, he still has a passion for staying active.  In fact, Ken began training for the Senior Olympics in 2013 and competed at the 2014 Southwest Ohio Senior Olympics this year, in Cincinnati.

In keeping with his history of award winning races, Ken’s performance that day was very impressive.  He jumped 16 ft in the Running Long Jump.  In the 400M Run he ran a time of 1:06.  His time in the 200M Dash was 26:74 and in the 100M Dash he finished with a time of 12:07—ultimately winning the Gold Medal in every event in competed in.

Ken Thomas during his time as a member of Wayne High School's Cross Country Team.

Ken Thomas during his time as a member of Wayne High School’s Cross Country Team.

Ken said he believes as we age, taking ownership of our health is not an option but a responsibility. Even if you are not a runner, finding the time to walk, ride a bike or do some aerobic activity can improve a persons overall health.  He said his training wasn’t overly extensive, he would run or walk three to four time a week, the key is consistency.

Ken said he plans to continue running and competing as long as he can and encourages others to get out and get involved.

Congratulations to Ken for being a Blue Ribbon Senior Olympian and for choosing to be a life long advocate for healthy living.

Editor’s note: Information for this article was submitted to Frost Illustrated by Ken’s wife Patricia Thomas.

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