Max Light

Age: 75
Location: Albuquerque

Written by: Ilissa Gilmore  Roswell Daily Record

While most people his age have comfortably settled into retirement, Max Light shows no signs of slowing down yet.

The 75-year-old of Albuquerque will compete in several games during this year’s Senior Olympics, including cycling, discus, javelin, pole vault and shot put.

Light has competed in the Senior Olympics before and also has participated in triathlons and endurance biking events.

“I’ve benn pretty much involved in athletics all my life.” he said. “Athletics is a huge part of my life … I guess I have a competitive streak.”

“It’s fun – everything I do, I enjoy them a lot, competing with myself to push myself to better performances just to see if I can do it.”

Light, who grew up in the Midwest was active in various sports during high school. An injury prevented him from pursuing football in college, but it did not hinder his pursuit of sport.

When he moved to New Mexico, Light immediately embraced outdoor activities, such as hunting and fishing. He also found many sporting events in Los Alamos, such as mountain biking and even skiing.

Along with having an enthusiasm for athletics, Light also teaches it to his nine-year-old granddaughter, who he said has “all the earmarks of a pro athlete.”

He works with her, helping her develop skills in sports, such as swimming and cross-country skiing.

Light is “essentially retired,” he said and works part-time when project needs attention, but is able to set his own hours and days.

“That really makes life interesting,” he said. “I’m never going to retire, I really enjoy what I’m doing, if anything ceases to be fun, I’ll do somethings else.”

 

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