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Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can - Harold Bach, 96, Bismarck, North Dakota People have always had trouble keeping up with Harold Bach. At 96, the North Dakotan should have earned a dictionary entry under the word “active” by now. He’s pretty fast on the track too, and has been a fixture at the National Senior Games since his first appearance in 1993. He wins his share of medals, and at the  2015 National ...
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Standing Up to MS

Standing Up to MS - Eleanor Pendergraft, 80, Johnson City, Tennessee Eight years ago, Eleanor Pendergraft pondered her fate. She had been disabled for 25 years with multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. A walker, wheelchair or motorized scooter was her only means of getting around. Her neurologist said she would never get any better. Undaunted,...
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A Personal Best Life

A Personal Best Life -  Tom Lough, 73, Round Rock, Texas Tom Lough is, by his own estimation, a man who does not possess special skills or talents, athletic or otherwise. How, then, does he explain a life of accomplishments that includes competing in Modern Pentathlon at age 26 in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City? Add to this graduating from West Point with a degree in engineering, then ...
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Former U.S. Surgeon General Joins National Senior Games Foundation

BATON ROUGE, La. (March 15, 2016) - The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) is pleased to welcome former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin as a new Trustee for the NSGA Foundation. Benjamin, who served as the 18th United States Surgeon General from 2009-2013, was unanimously approved to join the foundation board by the NSGA Board of Directors at its recent annual meeting. The NSGA Foun...
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The Sense of Success

The Sense of Success - Marika Vorosmarty-Blumerick, 71 Shelby Township, Michigan While all Senior Games athletes strive to perform at their best, the reasons vary as to what motivates them. Some still have the burning desire to win and earn medals, while others seek to maintain health and vitality, to set goals, to measure and compete against themselves over time, or simply to enjoy participating ...
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"There's Gratitude in My Attitude" February 2016 Athlete of the Month

Luise Easton, 77, Olmsted Falls, Ohio Luise Easton was no stranger to the triathlon when she got the notion to give it another go in 2008. “I did them years ago, but then I had several foot surgeries. I didn’t do another one for 20 years,” the former high school physical education teacher recalls. After overcoming medical hurdles, and an earlier battle to drop 100 pounds from her petite frame, Eas...
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"Buzzing Along" January 2016 Athlete of the Month

Buzz Gagne, 68, Concord, New Hampshire The most publicized event of the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana was the heated battle of javelins between centenarians John Zilverberg and Fred Winters, which was seen on The Today Show and on numerous media websites. While noteworthy, the cameras did not catch a younger athlete setting new records and building on his own legacy in the same sp...
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"State-to-State Recovery" December 2015 Athlete of the Month

Mike Devaney, 65, Miami, Arizona Mike Devaney only started his career as a track and race walking senior athlete last year, but his face is rapidly becoming as familiar as any of his more experienced peers. That’s because Mike, who went through a serious health scare in 2014, is acting on an inspiration to go to the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana, and to compete in as many qualifyi...
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“Wait to Worry”

“Wait to Worry” - Ryan Beighley, 90, The Villages, Florida Most of us can (or one day will) point to a moment or experience that brings about a profound change. When you ask 90-year-old Ryan Beighley what has motivated him to keep running and swimming through his life, the decorated World War II veteran has one of the more interesting answers- he literally had to run and swim for his life. Ryan, w...
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Clearwater, Florida

The 2015 Florida Senior Games began with an awards ceremony to honor their 2014 Games Athletes of the Year, Walt Deal and Danuta Kubelik. Both are past National Senior Games competitors. Also at the ceremony was State Representative Kathleen Peters, second from right and City of Clearwater Government Mayor, George Cretekos. It was the first time in the event’s 24 year history that the state games ...
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Senior Athlete, 90, Recognized for Health and Fitness

CLEARWATER, Florida, December 5, 2015 – The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) visited the kick-off ceremony for the 2015Florida Senior Games and recognized 90-year-old runner and swimmer Ryan Beighley of The Villages with a Personal Best Award. The opening ceremony also honored the Florida Senior Games’ 2014 Games Athletes of the Year, Walt Deal and Danuta Kubelik. Both are past N...
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"Swimming With Piranhas" - November 2015 Athlete of the Month

Rosemary Sexton, 65 Kingsport, Tennessee For Rosemary Sexton, returning home to Kingsport, Tennessee with two swimming medals from the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana “was right up there with my wildest expectations considering the level of competition.” She had only started training a few years ago, but her efforts resulted with a bronze medal in the 200 meter individual medley, an...
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"Fun with Fitness" October 2015 Athlete of the Month

Jim Runge, 72, Eldorado, Texas We promote Senior Games as an opportunity to find fitness, fun and fellowship. Jim Runge of Eldorado, Texas has been in the business of promoting fun, so it's natural he would want to incorporate his style into his sports. Runge, now 72, provided midway games and novelty acts for parties, corporate events and festivals for many years in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Ov...
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National Senior Games Association “Doubles Down” in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, October 4, 2015 – The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) honored 60-year-old tennis player and cancer survivor Brenda Talley and 64-year old elite badminton medalist Debbie Lorenzo with its Personal Best Award last night at the Nevada Senior Games Celebration of Athletes dinner held annually during the state competition. NSGA has been presenting the award to a ha...
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Shuttling Around The World

Shuttling Around The World - Debbie Lorenzo, 64, Las Vegas, Nevada It's only fitting that Debbie Lorenzo found herself settling into Las Vegas two decades ago. The previous years, beginning in her native Singapore, were full of action, surprises and excitement-and not all of it pleasant. She gambled on her life moves, scored on opportunities and overcame all manner of challenges. At every turn, a ...
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16 March 2016
Athlete of the Month
Harold Vealey, 77, Charleston, West Virginia When the West Virginia Generals men’s 75-79 basketball team won a hard-fought gold medal in the...
15 March 2016
Personal Best Featured Athletes
A Legacy Honored - Tom McAdam, 60, Greenwood Village, Colorado Whether it’s a lifelong athlete, or a person getting involved in Senior Games...
15 March 2016
Personal Best Featured Athletes
The Great Awakening - Cheryl Cherry, 67, Clermont, Florida T o watch Cheryl Cherry cycle in competition, one would not believe she only took...
15 March 2016
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Sportingly Yours - Don Hoeppner, 85, Whitewater, Wisconsin Will Rogers famously said “I never met a man I didn’t like.” In the case of Don H...