May 15, 2022. Dr. Joseph Maroon MD recently took second place in the triathlon event-swim, bike, run-at the National Senior Games, formerly the National Senior Olympics, in Fort Lauderdale Florida. The National Senior Games Organization is the largest multi-sport competition in the world for seniors. Over 12,000 senior men and women 50 years of age and older participated in 21 different sports competitions. There are state and regional qualifiers that allow the top competitors to compete by age groups in the National Senior Championship Games. Next year‘s senior games will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the first time since 2005.
The purpose of the games is to promote health and wellness for adults 50 and over through fitness, education and sport. Dr. Maroon, a neurosurgeon at UPMC, has been a long time triathlete and proponent of a healthy lifestyle for optimal health and peak performance through diet, physical fitness, avoidance of environmental toxins, stress control and adequate sleep.
Dr. Maroon maintains a year round training schedule that includes swimming, biking and running. His passion for sports and specifically triathlons started when he has suffered a knee injury and was unable to run. He ultimately began to rehab by swimming and then biking. The triathlon sport was invented in the early 1970s by the San Diego Track Club as an alternative workout to the rigors of track training. It was widely popularized several years later in 1978 with the invention of the IRONMAN triathlon by Judy and John Collins, a couple who had participated in the first San Diego triathlon in 1974. Having trained in all the disciplines of a the new sport, Dr. Maroon has participated since the 1980’s in 100’s of triathlons of various lengths including numerous IRONMAN race distances.
We wish Dr. Maroon luck for his upcoming 2022 triathlon competitions as well as the local 2023 National Senior Games in Pittsburgh which he plans to attend.