HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (November 25, 2016) -- Wind Crest retirement community resident Bob McAdam, 96, on Thanksgiving Day completed the Highlands Ranch 5K Turkey Day Run in 48 minutes, 19 seconds to set a new world record for the 95+ Age Group. The official world record for this age category had been 50 minutes, 10 seconds.
The 5K was certified for the new world record set by McAdam. The Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event, a 3.1-mile run held at Shea Stadium.
McAdam, a former U.S. Army Air Corps navigator during WWII, trained with Fitness Coordinator Gina Muaau (seen in attached photo) for the past three months. He worked out in the Fitness Center and he also ran on a simulated 5K track on Wind Crest's campus. His fellow residents and Wind Crest staff cheered him on as he trained.
Muaau encouraged McAdam to run with her in the 5K. "Bob is so inspiring," said Muaau, a former body builder who ran half-marathons in Missouri. "He is a role model for health and wellness for people of all ages."
McAdam first got involved in running as a way of staying in shape to play racquetball. He is a four-time Seniors Racquetball Champion in competition held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He holds a Ph.D. in Health Physical Education and Athletics from Iowa State University and served as professor and basketball coach at Northern Illinois University. He also headed the health and physical education department at Illinois State University.
McAdam, who moved to Wind Crest two years ago from his former home in Fort Worth, Texas, has already set a lofty goal for next year's 5K. "I want to beat my time by three minutes," he said.