Personal Best

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 “Class of 2014” Athletes

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San Antonio, Texas

Largo, Florida

Midland, North Carolina

“Targeting the Heart”

New Greenwich, Connecticut

2014 Personal Best Tour Featured Athletes

Come back to see who is profiled next as the 2014 Personal Best Tour rolls on!

Saint Paul, Minnesota


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

2013 Personal Best Tour Featured Athletes

Click on the athlete photo or name to read their profile.


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

The NSGA Personal Best Tour

Each year we travel around the country to promote health and wellness and raise awareness about opportunities for 50+ adults to get moving and to participate in local, state and national senior games. At each event we introduce Personal Best Award athletes whose examples on and off the field inspire others 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!

Previous 2014 Tour Stops and Blogs:


Personal Best Tour Kickoff in Minneapolis, Minnesota - April 11, 2014

Shown above is (left to right) 2015 Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair Susan Loyd, Ruby Rott, NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker and Humana's Minneapolis representative Jan Mudd. Also in attendance was Pat Dahlman, Ruby's National Senior Games doubles partner since 2001.

Riker set the stage with an overview of NSGA's Personal Best health and wellness outreach that presents senior athletes as best examples of healthy active aging. He then shared Ruby's story of taking up tennis at the age of 55 with absolutely no previous sport background, having grown up in a farm community in North Dakota where sports were virtually nonexistent in her tiny school. "Like many, Ruby then got busy with work, marriage and family," Riker said. "She was a sports fan but lived through her daughter's athletics until she graduated from college. After that, Ruby got bored with working out to fitness tapes and decided to take that first step by visiting a local tennis center. It changed her life."

Ruby, who initially felt she was not worthy of the recognition, commanded the rapt attention of the audience with stories and heartfelt thoughts about her experiences and the health benefits gained from tennis and Senior Games. She also read excerpts from Silent Impact, a newly released book of inspirational stories written by local TV KSTP Sports Director Joe Scmitt that amplified her thoughts about being an influence on others.

The soft spoken athlete brought the room to complete silence with a story that we were completely unaware about. Ruby spoke of having lost track of Marion Murphy, her first National Senior Games doubles partner. Sadly, she read about Marion's passing earlier this year and reached out to her daughter, who is also an active tennis player with another local club. Then, in an odd coincidence, Ruby showed up for a tennis match a few days before our presentation and discovered that her randomly selected opponent was none other than Marion's daughter! "When I saw Mary Ellen out there all I could see was Marion," she said, holding back tears. Recovering, she then announced "At least I can tell you I won the match!"

Our thanks to Susan Loyd, herself an elite senior athlete, who shared her thoughts about motivation and fitness, and to Jan Mudd, a cyclist who, like other past Humana guest presenters, maintains a vigorous fitness routine.

Ruby closed with a statement that was met with a standing ovation. "I hope people will perceive me not just as a senior athlete but as a good caring person." The statement was self-evident. If you haven't read her profile on the Personal Best page, give yourself a gift by doing so and then passing it on to someone who can use a little inspiration to get moving.