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Midwest City man sets record at Oklahoma Senior Fitness Challenge

Jim Dolezel broke a state record in the Fitness Challenge April 19 in Yukon. PHOTO PROVIDED

By Alyssa Dalley-Schofield
Midwest City Beacon

The Oklahoma Senior Fitness Challenge had intense competition from a Midwest City resident.

Jim Dolezel, a local resident, and co-owner of Pelican’s Restaurant, broke a state record in the Fitness Challenge April 19 in Yukon.

“My goal was that I wanted to break the state record for number of pushups in a minute and I know that a 50-year-old guy had done 92 and I thought I wonder if I can beat that? So, when I got to the event, I ended up doing 94,” said Dolezel.

This annual event welcomes anyone between the ages 50 and 100. Each group was in 5-year age group intervals with competitions in sports such as track and field, basketball, swimming, bowling, golf, and more.

Dolezel partook in the track and field fitness and the basketball sports for this year’s event.

However, prior to this event, Dolezel had a history of breaking state records.

“I studied on how to run properly, I got the Olympic training guide and I spend 4 years doing all the drills and everything you’re supposed to do and when I was 45, I went to OU and they had the Sooner State Games and I broke the State record for the 40 year olds in the 200 and beat my fastest high school times” said Dolezel.

Dolezel sets goals and overcomes them time and time again. This event was no different. 

“The whole idea is to try to get older people involved and staying in shape and finding things of interest that would make them want to do things,” said Dolezel.

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