Forget what you thought about getting old, these senior athletes defy expectations

Who says that you have to stop being active when you get old? You’re as old as you feel and if you want to swim rivers, jump hurdles and wrestle grizzly bears when you’re an octogenarian, then you go ahead and do it! The elderly people in these images are certainly breaking the mould. Minneapolis-based photographer Angela Jimenez has created Racing Age , a photographic series documenting a series of track and field event meets for over 55-year olds. The sportsmen and women featured in the series still seem fiercely competitive, and the tone of the project isn’t patronising in the slightest.

‘I am a (retired) college heptathlete. I understand and love the sport. I love these athletes, but don’t fully understand them. And I like that,’ Jimenez says. Let’s hope we’re all still able to chuck a javelin or run a mile when we’re pushing 90.

Via Huffington Post

Manuel Gonzalez Muñoz, 95
Long Jumper 80-84
Johnnye Valien, 82
John Boesenhofer, 92
Helen Beauchamp, 87
Gehrett Smith, 74
Frank Levine, 94
Emilia Defontan, 83
Axel Magnusson, 86
Women Sprinters, 80-85
Sprinters 85+
Seymour Duckman, 88
Runners, 70-74

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Milo Sumner is a day-dreamer, living and breathing in London. When feeling low, he tends to cut loose and chase after dogs in the park. Otherwise he can usually be found pondering what to have for lunch.