This comes from the latest issue of the Reformed Presbyterian
Witness, Oct. 2003.
Seems one of the RPCNA elders out in Kansas went to Puerto Rico last
summer to compete in the World Masters Athletic Championship,
represented by 87 countries and 5,000 participants in various events.
Mr. McBurney, elder at the Quinter, Kansas RPCNA got gold medals in
the 5,000 meter race walk, the 100 meter dash, and shotput, and his
wife received a bronze medal in the 100 meter dash.
Now to the point.
I heard of (maybe even met, I forget) Mr. McBurney at RP
International back in 1996 at Calvin College, and of his amazing
athletic abilities (at the time I think it was related to his recent
participation in I think a marathon somewhere, though memory may fail
me as to whether that was the specific event or no). I say amazing
athletic abilities, you see, because, well, Mr. McBurney was clearly
the oldest participant in the event this summer.
This past Oct. 3, McBurney turned 101 years old. No fooling. I
remember that he was in his 90s when I heard of him back in '96.
Now why doesn't a great story like this make it into the mainstream
media? It's a great human interest story. (Perhaps they are too busy
teaching how "home schooling kills kids"?)