Still Running: Two Macon men compete in their 40th Labor Day Road Race

Still running 40 years later

Macon's annual Labor Day Road Race is set for 8 a.m. Monday, and the race director says they have a wide range of ages registered to run -- from a 3-year-old to a 90-year-old.    

Our Madison Cavalchire caught up with two Macon men who have been running in the race since it first began in the 1970s.

This isn't David and Felton's first run around the block.

David Morgan and Felton Watson have been lacing up their running shoes for this event for the last four decades.

“They’re amazed I’m still doing this at 82-years-old,” said Morgan.

“[The] best thing I remember is I ran a 48:43,” said Watson. He runs the 10K every year.

The pair have been running in Macon's annual Labor Day Road Race since it first started in 1977.

“You're going to have more adrenaline flowing,” said Morgan. “I’m just going to be lucky to finish this thing, because I've got a bad back.”

But, Morgan says a bad back's not stopping him from running in one more race.

Even at the age of 82, he says running is just what his doctor ordered. His blood pressure is 110/70.

“He says there are very few people at 82-years-old who have a blood pressure that good, and I contribute that to running,” said Morgan.

“I like to compete in my age group, and I've done fairly well,” said Watson.

After 40 years, they both say nothing could stop them from missing this Macon tradition.

“I left Mexico to fly back just to run this race, then the next day I flew back to Mexico,” said Morgan. “I was determined to finish something that I had started, and I'm glad I made it.”

This Labor Day, they're planning to clock a few more miles to add to their milestone. Morgan says this could be his last race, but Watson says he plans to keep going.

There's still time to join David and Felton at Monday's race. You can show up before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Vineville and Pio Nono Avenue if you want to run.


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