Gary Leigh is a 54 year old sprinter from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, who had several very successful years in high-school and college track and field. He was honored as MVP four years in a row, and looks back fondly on his 6th place finish in the New York State high school track championships, and his 6th place finish in the junior college national championships. After college, Gary played and enjoyed volleyball and tennis for many years. About twelve years ago Gary turned back to running track following a marital break-up. Rekindling his passion for racing helped Gary through this tough period, and turned this negative situation into something positive that he has carried forward into the wonderful life he enjoys today.
In 2007 Gary placed second in the 100 meter event at the Senior Olympics in Louisville, Kentucky. He is working his way back from a string of injuries in 2008, and has his sights set on winning another medal at either the National Master Track and Field championships or the 2011 Senior Olympics.
Gary is competitive by nature, and loves competing in master’s track and field. He loves the camaraderie, and likes the fact that every five years he gets rejuvenated when crossing into the next age group. He feels that he is still getting faster, and finding his potential. Gary shared with me how he manages to stay in the game despite injuries, and even find new gears as the years pass.