Seniors participate in olympic games - WNEM TV 5

Seniors participate in olympic games

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The 27th annual Senior Olympics in Bay City are underway. 

It's 2 1/2 weeks of daily competitions for those over 55 years old.

"Every year we get more 90-year-olds that participate in these games. That's something to be said for our older population," said Debbie Keyes, special events coordinator.

Tuesday's event was a slow-paced scenic bike ride around the state park. 

"I know this isn't supposed to be competitive, but I like to bike competitively and being out in the air," said Sally McCreery, participant in the games.

Other events through the weeks include golf, cribbage and euchre tournaments.

Many of the participants say some of the events are a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. The theme this year is called living your dream.

"Living the dream is all a state of mind. It's what you want to accomplish and the passion you find after you retire," Keyes said.

The organizers say they have 289 participants this year and the olympics grow bigger every year.

"I think it's just the camaraderie. Get together with people I used to work with, new friends I've made through the years," said Dave Beckrow, participant in the games.

The games are not just all fun and games. They promote active and healthy lifestyles. 

"You may have to grow old, but you don't have to grow up. And being physical will help you live longer," McCreery said.

The seniors will be awarded medals at a ceremony and banquet on June 13.

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