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"Without a Wagon" January 2015 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Inez Ross, 84, Los Alamos, New Mexico Without a Wagon Inez Ross of Los Alamos, New Mexico is a self-described "wild and crazy 84 year old retired teacher, writer, jogger, star gazer, tap dancer, and ukulele player" who enjoys traveling to state and National Senior Games with fellow runner Carolyn Robinson of Santa Fe. She trains for the 5K by jogging up and down the steep streets of L...
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The Long Run - December 2014

  Association News 2013 Games Earns SportsTravel Top EventAward  We are proud to report that the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana was voted best multi-sport event of the year in the prestigious SportsTravel Awards. NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker (center, rear) was on hand with other category winners at the awards luncheon at the 2014 TEAMS conference in Las Vegas.Pr...
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"Setting His Own Pace" December 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Harry Carothers, 71, Pinellas Park, Florida Setting His Own Pace Recently, the syndicated Daytime TV morning show, which is based with WFLA in Tampa, Florida and airs in 102 cities, featured a basketball shooting display by 71 year old Harry Carothers from nearby Pinellas Park. The spry marksman did not fail to impress the show hosts and audience, and the interview and demonstration e...
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The Long Run - November 2014

Game On! 2015 Registration Begins Roll Out by State The online registration process for the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana begins November 19! As of this date, email notifications and postcards are in the process of going out to athletes who qualified in the following states: AK, CA (Pasadena), IN, ME, MI, MS, MT, NE, OR, SC, TX, WV, WY.  For those athletes who qualified in t...
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"No More Regrets" November 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Susan Adams Loyd, 56, Edina, Minnesota No More Regrets When Susan Adams Loyd competes in senior track events, she proudly sprints in an official University of Minnesota women's track team uniform complete with her name on the back. She jokingly tells people "I've got four years of eligibility left - I redshirted for 38 years!" Fact is, the uniform represents a bond that developed when...
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The Long Run - October 2014

Association News NSGA Prominently Featured in 2014 President's Council Annual Meeting  The Senior Games Movement received significant attention at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, held last month in Washington, DC. The four hour gathering, streamed online and facilitated by PCFSN Co-Chair and Olympic gymnastics legend Dominique Da...
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"Isabelle's Relay" October 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Isabelle Daniels Holston, 77, Decatur, Georgia Isabelle's Relay One of our National Senior Games athletes is best known as a member of an Olympic track relay team that won a Bronze Medal. Taken at full perspective, 77 year old Isabelle Daniels Holston's entire life can be viewed as one big relay fueled by an Olympic spirit. First Leg: Isabelle Daniels grew up in rural Georgia during s...
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"Return of the Gladiator" September 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Heroes: Lorraine Lewis, 55, San Tan Valley, Arizona Return of the Gladiator People tell 55 year old Lorraine Lewis she should write a book about her life. After all, it's not everyone who has been an American Gladiators champion. She's started the book, but is too busy living life to finish it. Her latest chapter is this year's triumphant return to athletic competition by qualifying in tria...
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The Long Run - September 2014

Association News Personal Best Tour Visits New Mexico and New Jersey  If you follow the "National Senior Games" page on Facebook, this photo of 94 year old cyclist Larry Johnson standing on his head is familiar. Johnson astounded nearly 1,200 attendees to the New Mexico Conference on Aging opening plenary session by showing what is possible if you take care of yourself and exercise. View theK...
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Serving Others

Irma DeMarzo, 76, Jackson, New Jersey Irma DeMarzo is the kind of person that embraces everything that she does, and especially when it comes to tennis. In her native Brooklyn, Irma displayed an innate competitiveness and physical aptitude in a variety of sports and was recognized as the top girl athlete in her high school. However, tennis was not available for her until after she married and...
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Woodbridge, New Jersey

Fun, fellowship and fitness were found in abundance during our visit to Woodbridge, home of the New Jersey Senior Olympics. Everyone we met, from our Personal Best recipient Irma DeMarzo to the volunteers that greeted us everywhere, were "all in" and excited about the games. DeMarzo, who has been the tennis coordinator for the state games for 15 years, was recognized for being a longtime fitness r...
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"You Gotta Have Heart(s)" August 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Heroes: James "JJ" Jones, 68, Kansas City, Kansas You Gotta Have Heart(s) Listening to JJ Jones tell his story, it's hard not to start humming "You Gotta Have Heart" from the popular musical Damn Yankees. That's because he continues to swing a bat after not one but two heart transplants. The Kansas native spent much of his childhood in California, where he fell in love with baseball and pla...
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Albuquerque, New Mexico

When 94 year old senior athlete Larry Johnson of Albuquerque received his NSGA Personal Best Award recognizing him as an inspiration and role model for active, healthy aging, he decided to demonstrate his vitality by standing on his head in front of 1,200 delighted attendees to the opening session for the 36th annual New Mexico Conference on Aging held at the Isleta Resort and Conference Center in...
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The Long Run - August 2014

Association News VOTE and SHARE - 2013 Games Up For  Best Amateur Multisport Event Award The 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana is nominated for "Best Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event" in the 2014 SportsTravel Awards poll hosted by prestigious SportsTravel  Magazine. The SportsTravel Awards recognize excellence in the organization and management of sporting eve...
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"Sister Act" July 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Heroes: Janet McDonough, 56, Cranberry Township, PA and Patty Sweetall, 54, Louisville, KY Sister Act It was like old times when sisters Janet McDonough (right in photo) and Patty Sweetall gave dominating swimming performances in Cleveland at the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana. Janet, of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, earned four gold medals while breaking national r...
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01 April 2017
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Julia Hawkins, 101, Baton Rouge, Louisiana As we often say, it’s never too late to get into The Games. It’s also never too...
19 March 2017
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Lee Stadem, 89, Sioux Falls, South Dakota You might say Leroy “Lee” Stadem has a reverence for sports and fitness. He believes that keepin...
19 March 2017
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Hazel Hassen Bey, 93, Montclair, New Jersey In sports, sometimes the story is about amazing feats of skill and glory. Other times, it is ab...
16 March 2017
News and Events
National Senior Games CEO Marc Riker visited Birmingham this week to prepare for the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana! He team...