60-year-old overcomes heart attack to continue track career

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Chris Wallace is back to winning medals after 40 years away from track. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Chris Wallace is back to winning medals after 40 years away from track. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Isn't it said that life begins at 60? It seems like it has for Chris Wallace.  

The Valley resident has resumed competing in a sport that he was good at in high school.

“I hadn’t jumped in 40 years,” says Wallace. “I was always a good triple jumper in middle school and high school. There’s a rhythm to it.”

Wallace plans to compete in the Senior Games next month in Birmingham, Alabama. He trains five days a week, weight lifting, swimming, working out at the track and stretching. 

He also tries to lead a healthy lifestyle after his fair share of health scares. Wallace suffered a heart attack 10 days before his 51st birthday.  

“That wasn’t going to stop me,” says Wallace, who had a stent put in an artery and told by doctors that he was lucky to be alive. “Seven months later I competed in my first Senior Games in Colorado.”

Nine years, and dozens of Senior Games medals later, Chris Wallace keeps competing. 

Wallace was selected as a Humana Game Changer because he is an athlete who represents every age and ability and provides encouragement, motivation and inspiration for all seniors to start with healthy. He was selected  from over 10,000 athletes to be one of 15 Humana Game Changers.

Each state has its own Senior Olympics events. To learn more, log on to seniorgames.org. The National Senior Games run June 2-15.

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