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Senior Games draw athletes

Salisbury/Rowan Senior Games
SALISBURY — As the clouds rolled in over Shuford Stadium, so did the participants of Rowan County’s Senior Games.
The dark clouds contrasted with the bright faces of 90 Senior Games participants.
They were ready to qualify in track and field events for the 2011 North Carolina Senior Games State Finals to be held this fall in Raleigh.
Phyllis Loflin-Kluttz, Senior Games coordinator, opened the games with a moment of silence for Julie Keels, a Catawba College student who was an intern with the Senior Games but died in a car accident last month, and a prayer.
The SilverStrider Fun Walk served as a warm up and then the events began. The field was filled with competitors in the shot put, discus, football and softball throws and spin casting. Senior participants circled the track in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter heats along with the 5K and 1,500-meter race walks.
After a lunch of chicken salad sandwiches donated by Debbie Suggs, the croquet events began.
Salisbury/Rowan Senior Games continues through May 5. Upcoming events include bowling, racquetball, bocce, cycling, swimming and a golf tournament to be held at the Warrior Golf Club.
Salisbury/Rowan Senior Games is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a year-round health and wellness program for adults 55 and older.
For more information on the program contact Loflin-Kluttz 704-216-7780 or log on to website www.rowanseniorgames.org.

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