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The Long Run - June 2013

Association News Personal Best Tour Visits Ft. Jackson, SC and Phoenix, AZ The variety of setting and athlete profiles continued to grow as our Personal Best Tour spotlighted an Army tennis player in South Carolina and a salon owner in Arizona.   On Armed Forces Day we saluted Col. Jamie Houston, a 59 year old Army dentist who recruited an entire base team when he couldn't find anyone to prac...
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"Where in the world is Ron Snipe?" June 2013 Athlete of the Month

Ron Snipe, 69, Port Angeles, Washington Senior athlete Ron Snipe loves geography. He made it his college major, studying in Mexico City and earning degrees at the University of Utah and Utah State, where he played on the varsity soccer team. A large portion of his career has been as a sales rep, consultant and research geographer for a major education publisher. The Port Angeles, Washington reside...
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Color Me Joyful

Elli Edgar, 65, Phoenix, Arizona Elli Edgar is a colorful character who colors for a living. Starting from a background working in traditional tattoo parlors and a stint in the costume and makeup fields in Hollywood, Elli's love of aesthetics led her to the permanent makeup profession. She has owned a full service  salon for men and women in downtown Phoenix for many years, and in  1 9 9...
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Phoenix, Arizona

"Joyful" best described our gathering in Phoenix, and when you read Elli Edgar's Personal Best profile you will understand why. Elli has put cancer and other setbacks in the rear view mirror and finds joy in every day and every person she encounters. The event at Phoenix City Hall was set up to be a news conference but ended up as a celebration. More than 20 other Arizona Senior Olympians going to...
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Fit To Serve

Col. James "Jamie" Houston, 59, Fort Jackson, South Carolina Col. James Houston, like most who make a career with the Army, maintains a fit profile.  However, Jamie (as he prefers to be called) has been a self-professed fitness and sports fanatic for his entire life. To our knowledge, Jamie may be the only active duty military person who will compete in Cleveland for the 2013  Na tional ...
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Jackson, South Carolina

Fort Jackson near Columbia was already bustling with activity as it celebrated Armed Forces Day with an annual retiree weekend including a 5K run and health expo. The sprawling U.S. Army base is famed for its tradition of training, so the fitness message of NSGA's Personal Best Tour fell right in line with the activities as we showcased Col. Jamie Houston, a career Army dentist who commands the "D...
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The Long Run - May 2013

Association News A Memorable Presentation in DC The Personal Best Tour made a splash at the opening ceremony of the DC State Senior Games, held at the historic and recently renovated Howard Theater on May 6.   Sprinter Oscar Peyton, who ran his first ever track meet at age 49 and ten years later is near the top of all time record holders for his age class, was our Maryland honoree.  76 y...
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"Trying Something New" May 2013 Athlete of the Month

Marie Neaves, Townsend, Delaware Marie Neaves of Townsend, Delaware may have a career working in a library, but she is no mere bookworm. Marie is not one to shirk a challenge, and she's had her share. Trying something new got her involved in sports after she became a senior, and it's been one thing after another ever since. The tragic loss of her husband to cancer in 2003, followed by her son bein...
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Washington, D.C.

The historic Howard Theater was the setting for the Opening Ceremony for the 30th anniversary of the DC Senior Games. More than 250 athletes, family members, recreation and sports professionals turned out to hear Mayor Gray and other dignitaries express the importance of senior fitness in the nation's capital. "Bring home the gold," Mayor Vincent Gray exhorted. "Make us proud!" The gathering showe...
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A Team Dream Come True

Jackie Stephens, 76, Fairfax Station, Virginia When Jackie Stephens was young she lived with her grandfather who was the Baptist minister for the African American community in a small town not far from Philadelphia. She would sit enraptured at the end of the long mahogany dinner table at Sunday dinners in her grandparent’s house, soaking in stories from missionaries and church guests from afar. Th...
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The Long Run - April 2013

Association News Personal Best Tour debuts in San Antonio The opening ceremony of the Texas State Senior Games on April 4 was the setting for NSGA's inaugural Personal Best Tour event, and the presentation was well received.    Marc T. Riker, NSGA CEO with assistance from three time Olympian Bob Nieman recognized  Bill Altman of San Antonio with a Personal Best Award.  Alt...
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"A True Team Player" April 2013 Athlete of the Month

Helen White, 59, Arlington, Virginia Spectators at the recent NCAA Division 1 women's basketball regional semi-finals at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia were treated to a special halftime show at games featuring Notre Dame vs. Kansas and Duke vs. Nebraska. You might say it was "one for the ages" as members of the NOVA United Senior Women's Basketball Association and guest players from...
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San Antonio, Texas

We didn’t expect a chilly morning in San Antonio, but the Personal Best Tour was given a warm reception at the opening ceremony for the Texas State Senior Games. More than 325 energetic seniors converged on O.P. Schnabel Park to celebrate the beginning of the annual games and to take to the park trails for a fitness walk after the ceremony. The majority of attendees came from and active adult comm...
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The Long Run - March 2013

Association News NSGA To Introduce "Personal Best Tour" and Athlete Profiles We are excited to announce a new NSGA health and wellness media initiative will debut in April, and the theme is already turning heads by boldly offering a new definition of what "personal best" means.   The NSGA Personal Best Tour will visit ten locations this year with a goal of raising awareness about the senior g...
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I'm Stunned I Can Actually Do This

  I'm Stunned I Can Actually Do This - DeEtte Sauer, 71, Houston, Texas As she will readily admit, at one time DeEtte Sauer was a mess. The supermom and super-motivated businesswoman had let herself go with decades of inactivity and she became morbidly obese. Her doctors said she was certain to have a heart event within five years. With one decision and the resolution to change, DeEtte transf...
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