Personal Best

Be Your Personal Best...FOR LIFE!

There’s a new definition of “personal best” that anyone can achieve. It’s not about a peak time or distance in sports. It’s about overcoming obstacles, surviving challenges and staying motivated throughout your life. This results in greater longevity and a healthy, active lifestyle – and that is your Personal Best!

Personal Best Archive

2016 Personal Best Featured Athletes  2016 Personal Best Tour Blog

Personal Best “Class of 2016” Athletes

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Bismarck, North Dakota

Clermont, Florida

Personal Best “Class of 2015” Athletes

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Casper, Wyoming

"Of Mentors,
Mountains and

Atlanta, Georgia

Milford, Pennsylvania

“Cycling Away
From Cancer"

Las Vegas, Nevada



The Villages, Florida

Personal Best “Class of 2014” Athletes

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San Antonio, Texas

Largo, Florida

Midland, North Carolina

“Targeting the Heart”

New Greenwich, Connecticut

Saint Paul, Minnesota


Riverside, California

“going great lengths"

St. Louis, Missouri

“by the numbers"

Albuquerque, New Mexico

“full cycle"

2014 Personal Best Tour Blogs

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Minneapolis, Minnesota   Albuquerque, New Mexico
Portland, Maine   Woodbridge, New Jersey
Pasadena, California    
Columbia, Missouri    

Personal Best “Class of 2013” Athletes

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Cleveland, Ohio

Houston, Texas

Frankfort, Kentucky

“I’m Better”

Annapolis, Maryland

Pencil Me In

San Anselmo, California

“I perspire to inspire”

Hastings, Iowa

Beating the Odds


San Antonio, Texas

“if you build it,
they will come”
Fairfax Station, Virginia

"a team dream
come true"
Washington D.C.

"tending his 
Accokeek, Maryland

"making up for lost time 
Ft. Jackson, South Carolina

"fit to serve"
Phoenix, Arizona

"color me joyful"
River Forrest, Illinois

Hartville, Ohio

"the art and science
 of a successful life"
Salt Lake City, Utah

"unexpected gains"
Kinston, North Carolina 
Youngsville, North Carolina

"family extended"

2013 Personal Best Tour Blogs

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San Antonio, Texas               Chicago, Illinois
Washington D.C. Canton, Ohio
Fort Jackson, South Carolina Cleveland, Ohio
Phoenix, Arizona St. George, Utah
Greenville, North Carolina

Personal Best Archive

2015 Personal Best Featured Athletes  2015 Personal Best Tour Blog

The NSGA Personal Best Tour

Each year we take to the road to promote opportunities for 50+ adults to get moving and to participate in local, state and national senior games. We introduce Personal Best Award athletes who are examples of healthy aging on and off the field. Our goal is to inspire others to action and show that “It’s Never Too Late to Get in the Game.”

Follow along as we post blog entries recapping our Personal Best Tour events throughout the year beginning in April!

Previous 2015 Tour Stops and Blogs:

Biloxi, Mississippi   Clearwater, Florida
Evansville, Indiana  
Rochester, Michigan    
Las Vegas, Nevada    

Personal Best Tour - Dec 5, 2015, 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 and City of Clearwater Government Mayor, George Cretekos. It was the first time in the event’s 24 year history that the state games had been hosted in Pinellas county and Clearwater, which is celebrating its centennial this year.

The program, held outside of the Long Center that was the venue for swimming and other events, was the perfect opportunity for an NSGA Personal Best presentation. More than 100 athletes and others heard NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker honor 90-year-old swimmer and runner Ryan Beighley. In the photo above, Ryan displays his Personal Best certificate with his wife Marty by his side, with Riker (left) and Florida Sports Foundation Senior Vice President (and current NSGA Board Chair) Stephen Rodriguez congratulating him.

Ryan immediately cracked up the audience with his Irish wit in his brief remarks. “Isn’t it customary that an award recipient gets a hug of congratulations?” he wondered, turning to look back at Rep. Peters. She gladly complied with a laugh and a hug.

Later the same day, NSGA and the Florida Senior Games hosted a bowling clinic for non-ambulatory veterans from the Bay Pines Veterans facility at Seminole Lanes, the bowling venue for the state games. US Dept. of Veterans Affairs Recreation Therapist Lin Hales recruited several vets from the facility, and the clinic was facilitated by Cory Krause, Seminole Lane’s general manager. One of the veterans, 65-year-old John Starr (in chair on left) had not bowled in over 20 years and smiled from ear to ear as he scored two strikes and a finishing score of 141.

NSGA’s Marc T. Riker, Becky Sewell and Del Moon were on hand to help and congratulate the vets. “We hope to work with our states to have many more clinics like this around the country next year to stimulate more participation,” Riker said, noting that the 2017 Games in Birmingham will again offer non-ambulatory bowling, horseshoes and shuffleboard divisions.

The 2015 Florida Senior Games enjoyed robust athlete participation with more than 2,000 athletes in 24 sports over nine days of competition. We ran into many National Senior Games athletes, including two cycling gold medalists, Kathy Petrillo and Cheryl Cherry shown here. Cherry shattered the Florida games 5K time trial record. Moon also caught up with one of his 2015 Personal Best feature subjects, 94-year-old John C. Taylor from Atlanta, who was the eldest participant. And at archery, Sewell (left) and Riker presented the gold to Jack Cason, who also snagged the gold in men’s 80-83 compound release in Minnesota.

Our thanks to FSG event manager Sarah Kirchberg and the rest of the staff and volunteers for their hospitality and for running well-organized games!