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Health & Wellness

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Games help Alaska seniors stay mentally, physically fit and triathlon. In addition to the national qualifying events, AISG also Jim Madonna started the holds events in co-ed ice hockAlaska International Senior ey, rifle, pistol, trap shooting, Games in Fairbanks in 2003 WHAT: An athletic competition disc golf, gala games, mini-golf as much for his mental health for people 60 and over featurand bocce. ing archery, 3-on-3 basketball, as he did for his physical well “It can get pretty rigorous, bocce, bowling, cycling, disc gala but the games are structured being. “I enjoy the people that are games, golf, horseshoes, co-ed in a way that people of all abilice hockey, pistol, racquetball, participating and they have ities can participate,” Madonrifle, 5K road race, swimming, interests in the same kinds of na said. “There’s everything things I have,” Madonna said. table tennis, tennis, track and from card playing to putting “I enjoy that social aspect of it. field, trap shooting, triathlon, the shot.” WHEN: Aug. 10-19 “Sometimes we tend to More than 200 seniors comWHERE: Different venues move away from society as we peted in the Alaska Internaaround Fairbanks. get older and we tend to get a tional Senior Games last year. INFO: Call Diann Darnall at little more reclusive,” he said. This year’s event is sched479-5421 or go to www.Alas“This helps with that.” uled for Aug. 10-19, so there’s Held each summer in Fairstill plenty of time to start banks, the Alaska Internatraining and get in shape. tional Senior Games is a nineMadonna, 74, is a competiday competition that serves tive runner who still routinely games in archery, 3-on-3 basas a qualifier for the summer outruns people half his age in ketball, bowling, cycling, golf, Sam Harrel/News-Miner National Senior Games. The everything from 5K running horseshoes, racquetball, 5K The Alaska International Senior Games began in 2003. event is open to people 50 races to half-marathons. He road race, swimming, table People age 50 and older can participate in events ranging years and older, and athletes tennis, tennis, track and field from running a triathlon to cribbage. Please see GAMES, Page 7 can qualify for the national By TIM MOWRY


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Health and Wellness - Spring 2012  

A guide to staying healthy in Interior Alaska, geared toward Alaska's growing elderly population.

Health and Wellness - Spring 2012  

A guide to staying healthy in Interior Alaska, geared toward Alaska's growing elderly population.