53 YEARS STRONG: ALABAMA EMPLOYEE TRAINS FOR SENIOR GAMES
Although Fred Whitt is past his athletic prime, he’s still competing on one of the nation’s biggest stages.
During the day, 53-year old Whitt can be found working at the University of Alabama Office of Information Technology. But once he gets off work, he can be found at the UA Recreation Center, preparing one step at a time to compete in the Biennial National Senior Games, which is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors.
Whitt qualified for the games in both the 50 and 100 meters during a competition in Georgia in September 2018. His daughter is proud to see that her father is still staying fit.
“I’m glad that he’s in shape to do it,” Deshawndra Parker said. “It’s exciting. We are all excited for him.”
Whitt trains nearly every day at the Rec Center in hopes of reaching his goal of running 15 miles per hour.
“Having this facility on campus and being a member of the Rec Center makes it a whole lot easier,” Whitt said.
Despite his age, Whitt is showing no signs of slowing down.
“I’m 53 and I think that’s pretty good to be able to still compete,” Whitt said. “At that age, I hadn’t done it since high school at a competitive level, you know, just running around with the kids and things like that.”
Whitt has abundant support from his family and friends as he enters his final step of preparation for the games, which will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from June 14-25.
“I can say that that’s my Dad and he made it this far and he’s going to hopefully bring home the gold,” Parker said.
Whitt will race in the 50 meters on June 16. He said, “I think I could do it regardless, but having that [support]is just a different level of motivation for me.”