The Vermont Senior Games Track and Field event was held at the South Burlington High School track on June 27 and Essex residents shined.
Geoffrey Green and Karl Swanke were there from Essex Junction. Geoffrey Green of Essex Junction won a gold medal in the 50-,100- and 200-meter dashes, and a silver medal in the javelin throw. Karl Swanke took gold in shot put and discus throw and bronze in the javelin.
The Precision Walk was a non-competitive event — you had to estimate your walk time and the person or team who came closest to their estimate won the event. The team of Betty Moore and Marti Powers captured the team prize and yet another Essex win on the scoreboard. Moore, an 89-year-old “super senior,” continues to amaze.
After the competition, Green said his quest for good health inspired him to participate in the games. “As a senior, exercise is the key to a healthier quality of life. There are no short cuts – it is hard work but it is worthwhile and never too late. Find what works for you and make it a part of your daily routine for life,” he said. He also credits the support of his family who cheered him on — in particular his daughter who is a track and field athlete at Essex High School, and his training friends at Training For Warriors.