On to the National Senior Games for Clay Krames

DALLAS, TX—For Clay Krames, fitness is more than just staying in shape.  It’s a pathway to measuring up against the competition.
 
Mr. Krames, a resident of Highland Springs retirement community in North Dallas, entered the Texas State Senior Games held in San Antonio in April.  He won three medals in track & field events, highlighted by first place in the javelin and second place in the discus and hammer categories.
 
Persistence, preceded by a prod is how Mr. Krames, 88, describes his commitment to fitness.
 
“In my mind, working out is vital for all ages, but particularly for seniors,” stated Mr. Krames.  “It helps with keeping muscles loose, improving agility and providing a mental boost.”
 
His regimen is tailored and disciplined, utilizing the fitness center at Highland Springs and the outdoor facilities at nearby Plano High School for practice.  “They won’t let me throw the javelin in the fitness center,” he jokes.
 
Just before a meet, he trains up to five times per week; the default routine is three workouts per week lasting up to 90 minutes. 
 
That dedication will prepare him for his next challenge, the 2015 National Senior Games to be held in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota in July.  He will again enter his three favorite events.
 
“This will be my fifth National Senior Games, and I’ve enjoyed them all because of the challenge and camaraderie.  Many of the athletes had some prior athletic exposure in school but others never did and just decided to try,” described Mr. Krames.
 
His wife of nearly 65 years, Joyce, traveled with him to San Antonio last month.  He met his wife-to-be at the University of Texas in 1948, and they married in 1950 eventually raising three children.  “Joyce has always been my biggest fan, and I appreciate her encouragement dearly,” said Mr. Krames.
 
For the native of Beaumont who served in the United States Navy during World War II with the Carrier Aircraft Service Unit (CASU-2) based in Hawaii, July will be about stacking up to the national competition. 
 
“It will be fun to see how I fare against my peers from across the nation.  I’m looking forward to the challenge,” describes Mr. Krames.
 
About Highland Springs:  Highland Springs is one of eighteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in North Dallas, Texas, the scenic 89-acre campus is home to more than 700 residents.  Highland Springs is the ideal greater Dallas retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.