Glenwood’s Paul Driskill still going strong
GRAND JUNCTION – Paul Driskill runs almost every day.”If I don’t do it, I don’t feel right that day,” Driskill said.No big deal, right? Lots of people run every day.Wrong.
Driskill is 69. And he runs 16 miles every day.The retired elementary school teacher from Glenwood Springs has been coming to Grand Junction the past 14 summers to compete in the Western Colorado Senior Games.The Games began Wednesday with a 5K run/walk at the Riverfront Trail and a bike race at Canyon View Park. The Games continue today with events across Grand Junction.Driskill loves The Games.
“It gives seniors a chance to compete and be with each other, form friendships” he said. “Some of these guys I only see once a year.”Guys like Mike Mills, who finished just ahead of Driskill – again.”Mike always beats me – he’s young,” Driskill said. “But I’ll be in the 70-year-old group next year.”Driskill also runs at the Senior Games in Greeley. But, he said, he didn’t start running for the competition.
“I weighed too much,” said the gaunt 5-foot-9 Driskill, admitting he used to weigh 210 pounds.Now he gets up nearly every morning at 5 a.m. and runs the Riverfront Trail in Glenwood.Wednesday’s race was just a 5K, or 3.2 miles. Not quite Driskill’s regular distance.”I like to compete,” he said, “but I feel better when I’m out there killing myself, doing 16 miles.”
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