A taste of Hawaii in Long Beach
Two of the original Leisure Leggers walking club members— president Tom Pontac and his wife, Jeanne, of Mutual 10—participated in the Aloha 5K race on July 31 at Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach. Not only did they each receive a collectible finisher medal, but they both placed first in their age group, as well, earning them an additional winner’s medal.
The flat course was perfect for walkers, following a scenic route along the harbor, beaches and bay. Afterward, the Pontacs enjoyed a post-race luau that included live music, dancers and drummers. Throughout the day, they wore masks when around any group of runners for extra safety.
Tom was recently diagnosed with a sciatic condition and is receiving physical therapy. It was questionable he would be able to participate in the event, but he purchased a special rollator. The racing version of a walker from Alpine Home Medical allowed him to complete the 3.1 miles and finish as the leader of his age group.
Anyone interested in joining the Leisure Leggers is welcome to join the group on Monday mornings. Members meet at 8 a.m. in front of Clubhouse 6 for a walk around Leisure World, followed by coffee and social time. The Leisure Leggers have existed for 21 years, and members have competed in marathons and half marathons, as well as 10K and 5K events. Questions can be directed to Tom Pontac at (562) 430-5777.