National Senior Games, also known as Senior Olympics, are being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico starting June the 14th. This might be the biggest National Senior Games since the 1980s when the games began.
Over thirty athletes from Alaska that are fifty years and older are ready to accept the challenge and bring home some medals.
Among nearly 14,000 competitors that arrived in Albuquerque, there will be three athletes from Haines. Nancy Nash, Maryann Carlson, and Connie Ward are more than ready to compete; Nash — in the shot put and sprint, Ward — for javelin and discus, and Carlson’s discipline is swimming.
Del Moon, who is the communications manager for the National Senior Games Association, talked about how these people inspire the whole nation. He said that there is a misconception about age and need to slow down. He also added that people who think that life ends at 50 are wrong.
The games will last until June the 25th, and there will be over 20 disciplines. Interestingly, one of the oldest competitors is 96 years old.