KOTA Territory's more experienced athletes proved that by participating in the Northern Hills Senior Games.
Richard Nankivel, a 76-year-old Rapid City participant, runs at any chance to compete. "I've been competing in the games since I was 60," said Nankivel. "I have an artificial knee and meniscus damage on the other knee and so I worked hard because 'attitude is the father of the action."'
Lyle Sonneschein, an 81-year-old Hot Springs participant, says the right attitude keeps him on track. "Even when I got an ache or pain, I think 'that's going to go away, I'll be okay when it's time to run or jump.' And it does," said Sonneschein. "It's amazing."
Chris Harwood, activities coordinator for the City of Spearfish, says it is important to have activities like this for seniors. "People have the opportunity to do social and be competitive in activities away from their home," said Harwood.
Some of the other events seniors were able to compete in were pickle ball, basketball, table tennis, swimming and biking. There are senior games all over KOTA Territory and across the country throughout the summer.
The State Senior Games will be during the first week of September.