Northeastern Area GIS Team Leader Tom Luther earned silver in both the 20k and 40k road cycling races on June 8-9 at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, AL.
“Riding a bicycle has been one of my passions since I was a little kid,” said Tom. “I raced in college but then took a hiatus and became a runner. In my mid-30s I suffered an injury and began riding again to assist with recovery. I got bitten by the cycling bug all over again and have been riding ever since.” Tom credits the Forest Service Wellness Program for helping him stay competitive and has participated in the program since its inception. "I think the Forest Service’s emphasis on work/life balance —flex time and support of physical fitness demonstrated through the wellness program’s fitness time and reimbursement—both motivate me and afford me the opportunity to train and race at a high level."
The National Senior Games or "Senior Olympics" is a multi-sport event specifically devoted to adults aged 50 plus. “Participating in the 2017 National Senior Games was a wonderful experience for my wife, Linda – who also competed in cycling – and me,” said Tom. “We were very inspired by all the ‘mature’ athletes continuing to compete at such a high level.” 2017 is the 30th anniversary of National Senior Games.