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90-year-old trains for track and field events in Senior Games

Betty Kostkowski showing off her medals. (Kristen Hampton | WBTV) Betty Kostkowski showing off her medals. (Kristen Hampton | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A 90-year-old south Charlotte resident is preparing to qualify for the National Senior Games in the 100 and 200 meter dash.

“Although I don’t actually dash, I just walk fast,” Betty Kostkowski said Monday from her home at Waltonwood Providence, which is a senior living community in south Charlotte.

Betty has won numerous medals in previous National Senior Games, including one gold medal, two silver medals and two bronze medals for single and doubles table tennis.

“When I got to be 70, I started participating in the games and I won all these medals,” Betty said as she motioned to the heavy amount of hardware around her neck.

The 90-year-old has won most of her medals in doubles table tennis, but this year is competing in track and field events.

This year’s qualifying event in Mecklenburg County will be held at AG Middle School, on the 1800 block of Runnymede Lane, on April 23. 

Betty is training for the upcoming event by walking laps at Waltonwood and doing regular strength training and yoga.

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