COSTA MESA — For three years, Joe Lanas, 65, has taken home the silver medal in the wheelchair race at the annual Senior Games hosted by Orange County Activity Directors' Assn.
"I thought I had left them all behind," Lanas said Wednesday of the 11 a.m. race that had senior citizens competing neck and neck toward the finish line of a short strip set up on the north side of the Orange County Fairgrounds. "It was so close, I thought I had won."
Next year he's planning on taking home the gold, but this year he rolled away with a handful of ribbons and a smile back to his home, the Country Villa Plaza in Santa Ana.
Lanas is one of more than 300 participants from senior residential care facilities countywide who participated in the 22nd Annual OCADA Senior Games.
The event, which modifies familiar competitions for older players, is open to seniors age 55 and older and younger adults who live in a care center located in Orange County.