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August 7, 2013

Michigan Senior Olympics track and field coming to Lake Orion High

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Michigan Senior Olympics is coming to Lake Orion High Aug. 11, when athletes from across the state will give their best shot at grabbing gold in the track and field events.

It’s the last event of the Michigan Senior Olympics, and according to Marketing and Sponsorship Director Becky Ridky, it’s also the most popular.

On Aug. 11 at Lake Orion High, athletes from around the state begin their quests for gold in track and field.

Ridky said there are around 130 participants registered. The youngest an athlete can be in any of the events is 50. The oldest is 99-year-old James Kales, of Whitmore Lake. He’s doing discus, shot put, javelin, long jump and the triple jump.

Ridky said that track and field draws the most participants each Olympics because “there’s something for everyone.”

“We have so many events that we do from all the track and field events. It’s just one of those things that people that participate in them are always looking for competition, so we get some competitive people coming in,” she said. “We also get people just looking to have fun.”

The day starts with an opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m. The first race is the 5k at 9 a.m. The rest of the action on the track starts at 10:30 a.m. with a rolling schedule, starting with the 1,500-meter run, 100, 800, 200, 50, 400 and 1,500 race walk.

The field events start at 9 a.m., with the long jump, shot put and javelin. The pole vault event is at 1 p.m., and the triple jump and discus will run between 1-4 p.m.

Awards are being presented 30 minutes after the final of each event. The day is free of charge for spectators, and Ridky added that volunteers are always welcomed.

“It should be a fun, fun day,” Ridky said.

For more information on the games and how to volunteer, call (248) 608-0250 or visit www.michiganseniorolympics.org.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Christian Davis at cdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1062. Twitter Follow Christian on Twitter.