LAKE ELMO, Minn. (WCCO) — America’s oldest triathlete advised the nation’s youngest triathletes at Lake Elmo Saturday.

Bob Powers of St. Paul is 91-years-old. He’s been competing in triathlons for decades. A few weeks ago, he won his age group at the national triathlon championship in Milwaukee.

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On Saturday, he cheered on athletes at the Break Away Kids Triathlon at Lake Elmo Reserve. He offered some advice for any prospective triathletes, too.

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“Plug away, don’t give up,” he said. “You get nicked up in your training, and you get sore legs and sore arms. Just hang in there. You’ll overcome it.”

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Bob is a retired Marine who served in World War II, the Korean War, and he’s been awarded three Purple Hearts.