2005 Senior Olympicsby Barbara Tretter
We Went, We Participated, We Finished!
The Senior Games are now a wonderful memory for us, and for seniors, having any kind of a memory is an achievement. What an awesome experience for us as we competed with some of the finest athletes in the USA.
Our events were the 10K and 5K Time Trials. Marilyn finished 14th and 15th, and I finished 9th (5 seconds out of a ribbon) and 12th, respectively. The 10K was a very challenging course, with a 1.3-mile uphill that would equal Smiley Face in this area. Since we did not train and are not considered racers by any stretch of the imagination, we felt we did great. When I went through the arch of balloons at the end, I pumped my fist and yelled so loud that you probably heard me here in Kentucky. Talk about a high! That was the best $5 (the entrance fee for the regional games in ’04) we have ever spent.
But, the best part of the week was meeting the people. There was a 103-year-old man bowler; an 85-year-old woman cyclist, who completed the same course we did and had actually signed up for the 20K and 40K; an 88-year-old woman who was signed up for 5 swimming events.... Well, the list goes on and on.
We tried to meet at least one person from every state in the union, but missed Alaska. I personally was invited to ride in the Irish Parade during Mardi Gras, offered to volunteer at a golfing/tennis event in Mobile, Ala., and tried to convince the people from Holland that Marilyn and I would be good ambassadors to the International Senior Games that they want to hold over there.
This is your invitation to be a part of the games when they come to Louisville in 2007. The tentative dates are June 22–July 7, 2007. Most of the events will take place around the U of L campus and the Fair & Expo Center. The organizers are hoping to have large numbers of participants from Louisville as well as needing about 3000-4000 volunteers to help make our games the best ever.
To see race results and pictures, (you might even see Marilyn and me), go to NSGA.com. Thanks for all your prayers, advice and kind thoughts as we prepared for this event.
Love, Marilyn and Barb
PS: We decided for the 2007 games we are competing in softball or bowling, 'cause Marilyn found out they drink beer when they compete!
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