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Senior Games Kick Off United Day Of Fitness Activities

Reported by: Send eMail Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jun. 19, 2014 5:08 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 19, 2014 6:53 PM EDT
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

The West Virginia Senior Games are underway in Huntington, and started with golf and tennis events on Thursday.

"It's incredible what the human body can really, do if they stick with it, you know, practice, practice," Denis Dirscherl said.

He would know - he's been competing in the Senior Games since 1991 and has run more than 800 races.

"I've got over 550 age group awards in 21 states, so I've been very fortunate with my legs," he said. "So far, so good."

He's competing in tennis and the 5K in the West Virginia Senior Games.

"They've got every sport you can possibly think of," he said.

Sonny Allen is competing in several, including tennis, basketball, table tennis, pickle ball, and several track and field events.

"I just think it's great. Just the whole concept of having senior games allows the senior population to you know challenge themselves, you know get healthier get fit something to set their goals," he said.

The Senior Games are just one part of a whole weekend of fitness-related events that culminate Saturday with the United Day of Fitness.

"We're united in our efforts," United Way River Cities Marketing Director Kaylin Adkins said. "We're united in making sure that the community is healthy and thriving. We really wanted to have this day set aside for that."

The Senior Games will continue, along with the YMCA Family Fun Fest and Concert and and The Herald-Dispatch West Virginia 5K Championship Saturday morning.

"This is an event where runners can be competitive, but also walkers can team up and have a good time," Adkins said.

They're promoting health, wellness and fun for all ages around the Tri-State. "The feeling you get when you're out here is just camaraderie , it's fun," Allen said.

Proceeds from the race will go toward fighting childhood obesity in the Tri-State.

More information on this weekend's events can be found at http://www.uniteddayoffitness.com/index.html



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