FARMINGTON — San Juan Regional Medical Center will screen the feature documentary "Age of Champions" on Saturday at the Totah Theater, with a special live appearance by the film's director.

The film is the true story of a group of athletes -- including a 100-year-old tennis champion, an 86-year-old pole-vaulter, a team of basketball-playing grandmothers and a pair of swimming brothers -- who compete for the gold at the National Senior Olympics, according to a press release from the hospital.

"It's a really inspirational story and makes you feel so positive when you watch it," said the hospital's marketing manager, Roberta Rogers. "It encourages people, regardless of age, to be more active, and being active helps you mentally, as well as physically. Even if it can encourage people to do one additional activity a day, it meets the goal, which is to stay active."

The film premiered at the 2011 Silverdocs Film Festival, and athletes appearing in the film have been featured in many national network TV programs.

Although the film focuses on senior athletes, Rogers said children can also be inspired and entertained by the stories.

"We also encourage families with young children to come out, because it's so inspirational and infectious," she said.

After the film, director Chris Rufo will lead a question-and-answer session and will talk about why the film was made and how it can change peoples' perceptions of older adults. He will also discuss how movements, like the Senior Games, are redefining what it means to get older, and how people can challenge themselves to be active, healthy and happy at any age.

"'Age of Champions' shares an important story that life should be celebrated at any age," said the film's producer, Keith Ochwat, in the press release. "We are honored to partner with San Juan Regional Medical Center as we share the film with communities across the country."

During Saturday's event, the hospital's heart-healthy mascot, Mr. Juan Hart, will be on-hand. Free snacks, such as popcorn, will be available. Other concessions will be available for purchase.

Also on Saturday, those inspired by the film can register for this year's Goosebump 5K race, which will take place Feb. 22. The race, along with the "A Fair of the Heart" Health Fair, is an annual event hosted by the hospital to celebrate National Heart Month in February.

"Many have already signed up, but we still need more and are encouraging them to register early," Rogers said.


What: “Age of Champions,” sponsored by San Juan Regional Medical Center

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Totah Theater, 315 W. Main Street, Farmington

Cost Free

Sneak Peek: Visit or to see a trailer of the film

More info: Contact the hospital’s public relations coordinator, Kathryn Pettijohn, at 505-609-2238.

Leigh Black Irvin covers health for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4610 and Follow her @irvindailytimes on Twitter.