Bruce Hildreth

Bruce Hildreth

 

Bruce was born April 21, 1940 in Iowa. He started duathlon training at age four, riding his bike everywhere around his home town of Ames, Iowa. He participated in all sports as a youth but didn’t excel.  He attended Iowa State University, followed by med school at State University of Iowa. After military service, he started his medical career in California. A good part of his career was in the Lake Tahoe area as an Emergency Physician where his free time was spent snow skiing and mountain biking. He retired in 2000, bought a boat and lived aboard in the eastern Caribbean for five years. Tiring of the sedentary cruising life, he sold the boat in 2005 and moved to a land-based tropical life in SE Florida, where staying fit was much easier. While competing in an adventure triathlon, he met his future wife, a runner. She encouraged him to start running seriously at age 65. This resulted in both winning division titles in running races, duathlons and triathlons.  Medical issues arose at age 68, leading Bruce to observe, perhaps not originally, that aging takes a toll. It seems the best athlete in the most senior groups is frequently the one who stays the healthiest. Bruce suggests that one of the best ways to age successfully is to be of service to others.