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Senior Games give new meaning to competition

June 2-5 on campus

State Senior Games: Giving new meaning to physical fitness.

By Robb Murray, Free Press Staff Writer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 6/2/2011]

Free Press photos by John CrossBob Kellogg running with his dog.
Bob Kellogg of Mankato went for a training run Wednesday with his dog, Ranger. He'll be competing in the 2011 Senior Games, which start today and run through Sunday at Minnesota State University.

Just in case you were going to this year’s Senior Games thinking it was akin to a stroll in the park for grandma and grandpa, consider the words of Rea King when asked about her level of competitiveness:

“Oh, I don’t play just for fun,” said the 64-year-old tennis player from Mankato. “I play to win.”

King and hundreds of others from around the state will compete starting today and running through Sunday in the 2011 Senior Games, held mostly at Minnesota State Mankato. (A few events such as horseshoes will take place elsewhere.)

The games are a chance for anyone age 50 and older to take part in a festival that celebrates the notion of seniors remaining active well into their golden years.

The Senior Games, which is growing in popularity, kicks off today and includes archery, badminton, basketball, billiards, bowling, cycling, disc and regular golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Competition is sectioned out in most cases by age level: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and so on. Social events are planned around the sporting events, as well. And just like other athletic contests, awards are given to the winners. Senior Games even take place on a national stage, although this year’s games in Mankato will not qualify participants for the national games.

Events such as the Senior Games or the new Mankato Marathon or the bike races that used to take place in Mankato bring more attention to the importance of physical fitness.

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