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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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2017 National Senior Games Earns Two Awards

Sports tourism industry recognizes excellence in event’s 30 th anniversary year BATON ROUGE, La. (November 28, 2017) -The 2017 National Senior Games Presented by Humana, has earned two prestigious awards in less than one month. The Games, held this past June in Birmingham, Alabama, won the 2017 SportsTravel Award in the category of "Amateur - Best Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event.” The winner...
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The Long Run - November 2017

Live Your Healthiest Life Start with Healthy We would like to take a moment to personally thank you for being part of the Senior Games movement. Because of people like you, these incredible events have inspired the world and demonstrated that achievement is limitless for active adults who lead a healthy lifestyle. That's why we're proud of our National Senior Games sponsor Humana, one of the natio...
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"Thirty Years Through Alice’s Looking Glass" November 2017 Athlete of the Month

Alice Carroll, 85, Syracuse, New York In a way, Alice Carroll wishes she was one year older. The 85-year-old retired nurse from Syracuse, New York has participated in all National Senior Games since they began…well, almost. She wanted to go to the first gathering in St. Louis in 1987, but there was a problem. “I was only 54 in 1986, and you had to be 55 to qualify and get in at that time,” she exp...
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2017 National Senior Games Earns Coveted Sports Travel Award

Voted by industry as best of its kind for the fourth time in awards history NSGA is excited to announce that the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana, held this past June in Birmingham, Alabama has earned a prestigious 2017 SportsTravel Award in the category of "Amateur - Best Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event.” The results of the voting were revealed at the TEAMS 2017 Conference hel...
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The Long Run - October 2017

Association News NSGA Mourns Passing of Co-founder Ken Marshall The Senior Games Movement has lost one of its founding pioneers. Ken Marshall, who organized the first National Senior Olympics in 1987 with Harris Frank, passed away on September 16 in St. Louis at the age of 90. A detailed obituary can be read here. The team of Marshall and Frank was essential to engage St. Louis for support, and to...
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"Service With a Smile" October 2017 Athlete of the Month

John White, 66, Milwaukee, Wisconsin John White takes his sports seriously, make no mistake about it. But we’ve noticed that even in the heat of a triathlon, he’s always the one who waves and manages to beam a smile as he makes his way by spectators. The more you learn about the lifelong Milwaukee resident, the more you appreciate that he wants nothing more than for others to join him in an active...
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03 October 2017
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John White, 66, Milwaukee, Wisconsin John White takes his sports seriously, make no mistake about it. But we’ve noticed that even in the hea...
25 September 2017
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Candace Kennedy-Hess, 63, Kintnersville, Pennsylvania Six years ago, Candace Kennedy-Hess thought her cycling days were long over. The chall...
01 August 2017
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Curt Davison, 92, Kirkwood, Missouri Curt Davison is not known to throw his weight around, other than on the field of play at Senior Games. ...
11 July 2017
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Wanda Newsom, 77, Taylor, Texas Birthdays seem to bring extra luck for Wanda Newsom. She won her first archery gold medal at the 2005 Nation...