LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- One Northern Virginia family made the State Games of America a family affair with three generations.
The Ingles family shared why it is so important they participate in the games as a family.
"We're pushing each other to do the best that we can at that moment and just have fun," said Penny Ingles who participated in the State Games of America.
Penny Ingles along with her mother, Laura, and her niece, Kayla drove from Arlington to compete side-by-side-by-side.
"We're here today celebrating three generations of track and field," said Penny.
The old saying is life is a marathon, not a sprint.
And in her race, 73-year-old Laura Ingles has battled.
She's fought cancer twice and she says she's not letting anything hold her back.
"I'm competing with my daughter and we got to different meets all over the place. It's something to treasure," said Laura.
And she enjoyed every second of it.
"There's comradery and I have a cheering squad," said Laura.
14-year-old Kayla Ingles says all three earned gold medals are more than games to her.
"I got to do it with my aunt and my grandmother and I'm going to smile every time I look at them," said Kayla.
The Ingles family says they enjoyed their first time at the State Games so much that they're already planning to attend the next event in Iowa.
Until then, they say they will stay active.