Sunday, October 02, 2011

Ride and tie the Cool thing to do

Ben Furtado • Auburn Journal
Tony Brickel, left, and Frank Lieberman
run the last stretch of the 12-mile loop
on the Olmstead Trail near Cool,
where the Coolest Ride and Tie will
take place Saturday. - Full Article

By Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer

Dr. Frank Lieberman believes “It has nothing to do with age.”

So, the 71-year-old psychologist from Cool set about discovering what compels senior citizens to compete in extreme sports. He chronicled their stories of triumph in his newly released book.

“People are looking at what we do, not at why we do what we do. Why do we push our bodies?” Lieberman said. “How does the mind and body relate to all of that stuff?”

The Auburn area, which hosts events like the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run and the Tevis Cup, was the perfect backdrop to his research. Lieberman already knew many local seniors testing their competitive limits — partially because he is one of them.

Since he turned 60, Lieberman has completed Western States, the Tevis Cup and the Swanton Pacific 100 Mile Ride and Tie.

Saturday, the 6th annual Coolest Ride and Tie gallops into Cool, an event that Lieberman and his wife, Linda, produce...

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