Athletes competing in this year's Georgia Golden Olympics have returned to Warner Robins for the 31st year.
Organizers say this is a non-qualifying year, but some athletes participate for practice and fun.
Track and field athletes competed in 50-meter, 1500-meter, and 200-meter runs.
Silver, bronze, and gold medals were won in nearly 10 age groups.
Track and field director, Jeni Hixon, says the ages of participants ranged from 50 to 92.
"They've been involved in this for years. They've become friends. We've all become friends. It's just great how they cheer each other on and they're also competitive against each other. It's inspiring," said Hixon.
James Collins, of Perry, says he has participated in the Golden Olympics for 11 years. He says he's familiar with a variety of games, including basketball. This year, he decided to run the 1500-meter and 5K races, but he says the races are special to him for another reason.
"It's my birthday. I'm 78 today," he said. "I think it makes me feel better than I would feel otherwise. It makes me feel good."
Bud Frankenthaler, another longtime participant, is in the 80 to 85 category. For him, winning medals isn't everything.
"My first goal is to finish healthy. So far I've done that. I just plan to keep doing it as long as the Lord will let me," said Frankenthaler.
Hixon says more than 30 runners participated in Thursday's races.
The Georgia Golden Olypmics will contiune until Saturday, September 21st, at various locations in Warner Robins. The track and field events will take place at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.