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Los Alamos’ senior athletes will send three representatives to the National Senior Games this month.
The National Senior Games started June 16 and will continue through the remainder of the month in Houston. The Games include events in 19 athletic categories varying from golf to bowling to triathlon.
Individuals making the trip to Houston from Los Alamos include Jackie Marr, Inez Ross and Ted Williams.
To earn their way to nationals, athletes must qualify in both local and statewide events.
Marr is one of the most accomplished senior swimmers in the country and has numerous records to back it up. This will be Marr’s final year in competing in her current age category, 65-69.
She will be swimming six events at the Games. Her competition starts Tuesday and continues through Thursday on the campus of the University of Houston.
Marr has broken numerous world and national records during her senior swimming career, often when she moves up into a new age group, like she will next year. Currently, she owns four Huntsman Senior Games World Records, three of them dating from 2006 and another from 2007 – the 400 meter freestyle, 200 and 400 meter individual medley and the 800 freestyle – all of them in the 60-64 age category.
Marr, Bill Hudson and Dan Miles, who turned 90 in December and celebrated by swimming 90 laps at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, have been the three best swimmers in the state in their age categories, often sweeping the gold medals in all their events at the New Mexico Senior Games.
This year’s State Games start in late July. A total of 18 athletes from Los Alamos earned their way to the State Games, which will be in Las Cruces.
Williams and Ross will both compete in road racing. Ross will be in the 5K and Williams qualified for both the 5K and 10K races.
Ross competes in the 80-84 age group and Williams in the 60-64 age group.
Williams is an avid local runner who is perhaps best known for his work with the Atomic City Roadrunners. The Roadrunners sponsor the Pace Race, a run held weekly during Daylight Savings Time. Williams also volunteers for several local charity races including this year’s Run for Her Life, which was held in March.
Ross, meanwhile, is a local author and former teacher in the Los Alamos Public Schools system.
Along with going to the national competition, Ross is also a regular at the State Games in both athletic and talent competitions. Ross qualified for the State Games in Individual Reading.