FARR WEST -- Call it a celebration of mobility by the elders among us.
On Monday, 19 mostly senior citizens joined the first Westwood Village Labor Day Bike Parade, an event organizers hope to make an annual one.
Westwood is a subdivision that caters to those 55 years and older but is not a nursing home by any means, or even an assisted living center. Tenants all own their own homes, explained Richard Robinson, chairman of the Westwood homeowners' association at 1111 N. 2000 West.
"It's a senior park," said Robinson, 57, standing at the Westwood clubhouse where the ballots were being counted for the various prizes to be awarded parade entrants.
"An active senior park," several residents corrected.
Clarence Secor had to be one of the frontrunners for honors for the parade, routed to circle the Westwood interior. Secor showed up with his bicycle paper-wrapped in burgundy and gold, with attached balloons the same colors -- those of his favorite football team of 30 years, the Washington Redskins.
"Yes, I bleed burgundy and gold," he explained, decked out in his Redskins helmet, jersey and socks -- and showing off his Redskins tattoo.
"I've got this all over my house, too, the Redskins stuff," he said. Robinson, wearing a helicopter beanie hat, said the average age of those at Westwood is 73, with 55 the general cutoff.
"We do allow some 40-year-olds," he said.
He praised Skyline Cycle in Ogden for donating $350 worth of goods and services as prizes for the bike parade.
"The guy was so thrilled seniors were still riding bikes," he said.
Robinson credited Westwood resident Annette Veibell, 77, for the parade idea.
"I was in a surgical boot for seven weeks after an operation on my foot," Veibell said. "I couldn't drive, and I couldn't ride my two-wheeler. It was like being in jail."
She eventually bought a three-wheeler she could ride. Then a friend and fellow Westwooder also bought one, "so we just decided to have a parade."
"You're never too old to have fun," Secor said. "You didn't hear it from me, but there's an old saying, 'Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is not.' "
And he noted: "You know how, when we were kids, we'd tell people, 'I'm 4 1/2, but I'll be 5 in such and such month.' You know how young people do. Well, I'll be 77 in November."
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