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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 a...
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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

HUMANA Hero: Luise Easton, 77, Olmsted Falls, Ohio There’s Gratitude in My Attitude” 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 battl...
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The Long Run - February 2016

Association News 2016 Annual Conference Increases Excitement for 2017 Games  More than 90 Coordinators and key organizers from NSGA's 51 Member Games gathered at the Sheraton-Birmingham Hotel last month for the 2016 Annual Conference and Board of Directors meetings. The schedule was packed with workshops, committee and regional meetings, special events, and a sneak peek at activiti...
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The Long Run - January 2016

Association News Setting the Stage for a Special Commemoration  The 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana will be held on the 30th Anniversary of The Games, and planning is well underway to celebrate this landmark.   Starting in December of this year, we will begin distribution of a separate 30th Anniversary monthly e-newsletter devoted entirely to information and feat...
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"Buzzing Along" January 2016 Athlete of the Month

  HUMANA Hero: Buzz Gagne, 68, Concord, New Hampshire Buzzing Along 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 buildi...
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"State-to-State Recovery" December 2015 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Mike Devaney, 65, Miami, Arizona State-to-State Recovery 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 Human...
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The Long Run - December 2015

Association News Personal Best Closes Year in Sunny Florida  Ryan Beighley, 90-year-old swimmer and runner, displays his Personal Best certificate above with his wife Marty (also a Senior Games athlete) by his side. He is congratulated by NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker (left) and Florida Senior Games Director (and current NSGA Board Chair) Stephen Rodriguez at the presentation made at the Lo...
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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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The Long Run - November 2015

Association News NSGA Stays Connected at TEAMS Conference  NSGA staff attended the TEAMS Conference the week of November 9th. TEAMS attracts more than 1,400 attendees including CEOs, executive directors, and event managers from sports organizations as well as representatives from sports commissions and convention bureaus, corporate sponsors, event suppliers and other hospitality indus...
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21 June 2017
Press Releases
World, American masters records among new National Senior Games marks set in Birmingham    BATON ROUGE, La. (June 21, 2017) – The...
30 May 2017
Press Releases
More than 10,500 Senior Athletes Will Compete in 19 Sports in Birmingham  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 30, 2017) – Every National Senior Game...
07 May 2017
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Dick Lane, 87, Livonia, Michigan  An exciting new development for the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana ...
03 April 2017
Press Releases
Site showcases history of premier event; puts 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana on display BATON ROUGE, La. (April 3, 2017...