Ted Mckown, from left to right, Charlie Luchessa, Lynn Mason and Bill Wagner
, all over 80, are part of a group of seniors that for decades has gathered at the YMCA to play racquetball. photos by Frankie Frost Marin Independent Journal
San Rafaels Charles Luchessa, 83, is also a regular, as are Ray Monteverde, 80, also of San Rafael, and Bill Wagner
, 80, who worked for many years in Marin but lives in Petaluma.
, who played Division I football at University of New Mexico
as a 142-pound halfback from 1952-54, turned his
athletic prowess toward running after graduating from college.
has logged running miles in more than 100 countries and more than 1,000 cities and towns all over the world.
On a run in Egypt, I was wearing all red running clothes, said Wagner, who spent 10 years as a professor at Golden Gate Seminary in Mill Valley.
They thought I was the devil and wanted to stone me, so I had to run away.
Or there was the time Wagner went on a run in Africa.
found himself surrounded by a pack of hyenas.
I got out of there and they didnt chase me, Wagner
cool in one match against a younger man who was nearly twice his
was a great big guy and he
kept claiming I was getting in his
got mad at me and pushed me.
I pushed him back.
I used to push against defensive lineman and I told him you dont push me.
We do get competitive and play at a pretty high level for old guys.
believes playing racquetball keeps him healthy.
I dont have any arthritis and Im very strong for my age, Wagner