Kane Innovations Controller, Bob Komisarski, is preparing for the run of a lifetime, 50 years in the making.
Right now, Komisarski is training for the World Masters Association’s (WMA) 2018 World Outdoor Championships in Malaga, Spain, which will be held September 5th through the 16th.
“I will be competing in two or three events within the 60-65 age bracket, although I’ll be training for a total of five,” said Bob Komisarski, Controller for Kane Innovations, Inc., an architectural products manufacturing company located in Erie, Pennsylvania. “The five events are the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and the 400-meter dash, as well as the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.”
According to Komisarski, the WMA biennial meet is the highest-level track event for non-Olympian runners over the age of 30.
Prior to the WMA World Outdoor Championships, Komisarski will be participating in the United States Track and Field (USTAF) Masters National Championship in Spokane, Washington, from July 26th through the 29th.
“The USTAF is the main sanctioning body for track and field in the USA and is the same organization responsible for determining who represents the United States in the Olympic Games. Participants over 30 years old are collectively referred to as ‘Masters’-class runners who compete in five-year brackets based on birth year, which is similar to the WMA.
He added, “There are no qualifying standards for the USTAF or the WMA.”
In 2015, Komisarski held the fourth fastest time in the United States for the 100-meter dash in the 60-65 age bracket, with a time of 12.56. That same year, he was named the 14th fastest man in the world based on the 655 men aged 60-65, who submitted their official times.
“Using the WMA’s age-grading calculation,” Komisarski explained, “a 12.56 time would equate to a 10.51 time by a 19-21 year old, which is considered ‘World Class’ by their metrics.”
Since his youth, Bob Komisarski has been an avid runner. He was first encouraged to try out for the track team by his football coach as a teenager.
“I was advised by my junior high football coach that my speed was lacking and that track might help,” he said. “So, I joined the track team in tenth grade. I enjoyed high school track and its lack of politics.”
Although the sport of running welcomes any gender to compete at any age, Komisarski revealed that a common misconception about the 60-plus group, in particular, is that they are not really athletes, which Komisarski said could not be more untrue.
“Some of the performances are nearly amazing. Two 60-year-old men that I competed against in 2015 ran the 100-meter dash in under 12 seconds. Most high school teams only have a few guys that can run under 12."
Komisarski said that track will continue to be his lifetime passion, age notwithstanding.
“The final class in the World Masters Association is ‘95-plus’,” he said. “I don’t have any reason to believe I won’t be competing in that division one day.”