PITTSBURGH (KDKA) is a local Korean War veteran participating in the Senior National Games in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
94-year-old Jack Eckenrod has participated in more than a dozen games in cities across the country. It started back in 1994, when Pittsburgh hosted the Senior Games, and Pittsburgh is scheduled to host again in 2023.
“It’s an incentive for people to prepare for it,” Eckenrod said.
Eckenrod participates in cycling competitions. To train, he rides a bike 30 miles a day on a trail in Balger, Washington. He bought a house right on the trail so he could train daily.
He acquired property from Eleanor Mier. Soon after, they fell in love and got married.
“We both lost our friends three months apart and we just helped each other,” Eleanor said. “He was really good to me. He helped me a lot.”
She now encourages him along with Eckenrod’s 12 children, 41 grandchildren and 61 great-grandchildren.
“I love him very much and he knows it,” Miera said. “All he does is smile, and he makes me smile, and that’s why I think he’s so healthy, because he’s never angry, he’s never upset about anything. He is just a happy man. “