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September-October 2004 Newsletter

You'll Never Guess Who Won Gold at the Games

by Walter Lay & Barbara Tretter


The morning of May 5 the boss gave me and my co-worker Frank Schwartz a couple of hours off to compete in the Senior Games bicycle races at Shawnee Park. It was a beautiful morning for riding. The air was crisp, clear and invigorating.

Frank was the competition in my age group. Although he doesnít race much, Frank rides his bike to work almost every day no matter the weather and has a mean competitive streak in him. In the 10k time trial, I won but Frank was really aiming for the 1-mile sprint. When the starting gun went off, Frank jumped hard and immediately got a huge gap. I was able to get on another riderís wheel and he took a good hard pull but barely closed the gap at all. I knew I was going to have to reel in Frank by myself. Fortunately, Frank had gone out a little too hard and couldnít sustain the effort. I was able to just get by him for the win.

The womenís races were hotly contested by Barbara Tretter and Marilyn Minnick. Barbara took the gold in the 10K and 6K, but Marilyn got her revenge in the 1-mile sprint with a fierce finishing sprint. [Racing results reported and embellished by Walter Lay.]

Joe Thomas, a newer member of the club, won gold in all three events, as did Walter Lay.

We want to thank the Metro Parks Department for holding these races and to Bob Zeman for officiating.

Joe, Barbara and Marilyn are going to try to defend their gold and silver medals at the Kentucky Senior Games. (Walter, you need to join us.) The state championships will be in Pikeville in September. Cycling races will be held on Sept.15, 2004. Finishing first or second there will qualify you for the 2005 National Senior Olympics in Pittsburg. Louisville will host the Senior Olympics in 2007. You must be at least 50 years old to compete. If any of you are in the neighborhood of Pikeville on the 15th, come and cheer us on.


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