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Going for the gold

Fox Run athletes medal in Michigan Senior Olympics

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October 23rd, 2012

While the U.S. Olympians were in London this summer competing for gold, silver, and bronze medals, a group of active and fit retirees from Fox Run flexed their own athletic muscles at Michigan s Senior Olympics. Six residents from the Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich., traveled to Oakland University, in Rochester, Mich., to compete in the games. Winners from the Michigan Senior Olympics can move on to compete in the national games. In total, the Fox Run athletes took home nine gold medals, four silver medals, and two bronze medals.

Value in fitness

Bob Barner, of Fox Run, participated in the Senior Olympics. He maintains a lifestyle so active he might give a man half his age a run for his money. In fact, he and a friend recently sailed across Lake Michigan. I just felt like fulfilling one of the items on my bucket list, George says. So, I called one of my friends, and we sailed across Lake Michigan and then drove across South Dakota. Bob starts every morning with a swim or a water aerobics class in Fox Run s indoor swimming pool. Every Friday, he enjoys a friendly game of water volleyball with a group of active neighbors. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Bob hits the golf course to play a round with friends. He also logs quite a few miles on Fox Run s scenic outdoor walking trails. Bob says the wide variety of fitness amenities and sporting activities available at Fox Run are a big part of what helps him stay in shape. I find it very valuable, George says. I don t know what I would do without those kinds of activities. It s really good for me. Table tennis brought George to the Senior Olympics. He took home a gold medal in doubles table tennis with partner Fred Moschetta and a silver medal in singles.

Building strength and friendships

Twice a week, Bob and several other men meet to play table tennis in Fox Run s Belmont Clubhouse. They ve become quite skilled at the game and formed strong friendships during their matches. So they decided to take on the Senior Olympics together. Len Terry, one of the men in Fox Run s table tennis group, also participated in the Senior Olympics and scored a gold medal in doubles table tennis with partner Arlon Quigley and a silver medal in singles. They competed in a different age bracket than George and Fred. We took some medals home, says Len. There are some really good players at Fox Run. We competed against a team that placed well nationally in Senior Olympics, and I thought we did pretty good against them. Like George, Len also takes advantage of Fox Run s fitness and aquatics center to stay in prime physical condition. Having a fully equipped fitness center located just a short indoor walk from their own front doors makes it a little bit easier for Fox Run community members to fit exercise into their busy schedules. Len hits the gym every other day. He uses the elliptical machine, free weights, and some machines to build and maintain shoulder and arm strength. He also practices some yoga poses that his daughter taught him. And he always looks forward to his Tuesday and Thursday table tennis matches with the guys at Fox Run. It s a wonderful form of physical and mental fitness, Len says. I call it aerobics because, by the time we re finished, we get a good physical workout. And it requires quick reaction, so I think it keeps the mind sharp. In addition to the physical and mental benefits of table tennis, Len says he also derives a less tangible reward the strong bonds with his fellow players. I call it comedy hour because we all poke fun at each other and compliment each other too, Len says.