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The Long Run - April 2018

Association News Media Stories Promote The Games In recent years, NSGA has made a year-round effort to promote the Senior Games Movement to traditional and online media outlets. In the past, we always enjoyed media attention around the National Senior Games, but coverage was slim during the "off year" when a lot of the action centered around the qualifying games being held all over the country. Wh...
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The Long Run - March 2018

Association News NSGA Visits City Hall On March 13, NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker, right, presented Mayor Tim Keller with an official plaque recognizing Albuquerque as host city for the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana. "We are excited that Albuquerque will be the destination for more than 10,000 senior athletes, their families and friends," said Mayor Keller. "Our city can't wait to cheer ...
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"Badminton- Straight from the Source" April 2018 Athlete of the Month

Kamal Chaudhari, 83, Temple Terrace, Florida The game of badminton has been around for more than two thousand years, but it did not gain worldwide popularity as a competitive sport until 19th century British colonists found “Poona,” as it was called, in the city of Pune (pronounced the same) near Bombay, India. They brought it back to England and the modern sport grew from there. Kamal Chaudhari, ...
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Healing Waters

Cathy Cornell, 62, Bakersfield, California We all have challenges to face. The many senior athletes we have profiled in this program have encountered a wide range of situations, but they all point to a common truth: you have to find ways to deal with life’s obstacles to successfully pursue your Personal Best. For some, these challenges have been extreme, but no one has arguably faced a tougher roa...
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“Super Hero” Still Practices What She Teaches" March 2018 Athlete of the Month

Darcy McBride, 66, York, Nebraska Darcy McBride has more than 6,000 blessings to count. The Nebraska native retired from a 28-year physical education career in York public schools eight years ago, but until last year she continued to practice her passion – training youngsters how to swim. Last year, when she finally stepped away from the program she initiated in 1984, the town threw a party to hon...
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The Long Run - February 2018

Association News Albuquerque Wows 2018 NSGA Conference Attendees Every year, NSGA hosts an Annual Conference for its Member Games, partners, and vendors. With the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana coming to Albuquerque next year, NSGA held the meetings there to give the host city a chance to put its best foot forward to show what athletes can expect. To use a sports phrase, they knock...
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Albuquerque Wows 2018 NSGA Annual Conference Attendees

Every year, the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) hosts an Annual Conference for its Member Games, partners, and vendors.  With the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico next year, NSGA held the meetings there in late January to give the host city a chance to put its best foot forward to show what athletes can expect. To use a sports phrase, they k...
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Father and Daughter Keep Each Other “Running for Life” February 2018 Athlete of the Month

Rod McGregor, 61, Hudson, Ohio There’s a saying that “children give you a second chance at life.” Rod McGregor agrees, since he was inspired by his daughter to get back on the track again after 30 years. A current resident of Hudson, Ohio, Rod loved running in high school, and chalked up league championships in the 880-yard race in 1974 and 1975. But once he got started on a career and family, he ...
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A Newbie at 95

Mary Kemp, 95, Boca Raton, Florida The National Senior Games Association has a core mission to promote health and wellness to people over 50. We are constantly reminding people to get moving and find ways to stay active, and that Senior Games offer an exciting and rewarding option to go beyond basic exercise. Our motto is “It’s never too late to get into The Games,” and Mary Kemp is living proof t...
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The Long Run - January 2018

Association News Transitions: Becky Wesley to Retire after 20 Years of Service The new year is bringing a big change for NSGA as Becky Wesley, our Vice President of Association Relations, will be retiring in March after 20 years of truly distinguished service. Wesley, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, joined the NSGA staff in 1997, the year that Tucson hosted The Games. In 1999, she became Execu...
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Finding a New Course of Action

Mike Stacks, 52, Birchwood, Tennessee When Mike Stacks crossed the finish line with the top overall time for the triathlon-by more than two minutes-at the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana, it caused a double-take among many longtime competitors. Who was that guy? How was he able to eat up those hills and leave everyone behind in the cycling stage? In fact, at 52, Mike had just become...
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“I’m just another grateful athlete”

Carol Klenfner, 72, New York City, New York Carol Klenfner knows it’s only table tennis, but she likes it. With age, everyone has a story to tell, but we suspect only Carol can say she’s been in the world of rock and roll, and now rocks out playing table tennis in the National Senior Games. Sounds glamourous, but it would take a very bumpy patch of midlife challenges to reshape her life in unexpec...
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"Second Chance at a Dream" January 2018 Athlete of the Month

Liz Sharp, 70, Monroe, Louisiana Liz Sharp has always believed in giving second chances, and has witnessed it many times as a personal assistant and administrative consultant with pastors in North Louisiana over the past 32 years. She put that belief into action with her own ministry that has operated a rooming house in Monroe since 1998. “We help people get a second chance at life,” she says. “We...
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The Long Run - December 2017

Association News 2017 Games Earn 2nd Sports Industry Award! Last month, we were excited to report that The 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana had won the 2017 SportsTravel Award in the category of "Amateur - Best Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event." We were proud to top the voting again, having previously won the same award in 2007, 2011 and 2013. This month, we are ecstatic to shar...
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"The Long and Short of Bob Lida" December 2017 Athlete of the Month

Bob Lida, 81, Wichita, Kansas One of the names that appears repeatedly in National Senior Games track & field sprint records is Bob Lida. His name also appears next to age division world records and other high marks in masters track events, which has landed the Kansas native in the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame and earned a 2012 Best Masters of the World award from the International Assoc...
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13 March 2018
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Cathy Cornell, 62, Bakersfield, California We all have challenges to face. The many senior athletes we have profiled in this program have en...
13 March 2018
Athlete of the Month
Darcy McBride, 66, York, Nebraska Darcy McBride has more than 6,000 blessings to count. The Nebraska native retired from a 28-year physical ...
13 February 2018
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Every year, the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) hosts an Annual Conference for its Member Games, partners, and vendors.  With the 2...
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Athlete of the Month
Rod McGregor, 61, Hudson, Ohio There’s a saying that “children give you a second chance at life.” Rod McGregor agrees, since he was inspired...