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West Sound Senior Games a hot hoot

Cathy Harvey serves in the mixed doubles tennis final in the Senior Games Sunday morning. - Photo by Sean Janssen
Cathy Harvey serves in the mixed doubles tennis final in the Senior Games Sunday morning.
— image credit: Photo by Sean Janssen

Ask what stood out at this year’s edition of Bremerton’s West Sound Senior Games and competitors could point to one thing for certain.

“It’s hot,” said Daryl Schrul after crossing the finish line first in the 800-meter run. “Definitely. We had the rainy stuff in previous years.”

Competitors age 50 and up beat the heat with bottled water and snuck in an occasional minute or two under a pair of tents set up near the finish line at Memorial Stadium, host site of the track and field competition.

The mercury reached 84 degrees Saturday, according to weather.com, and the track at Bremerton High School was certainly warmer than that.

Athletes seemed undeterred, however, and the competition surely did not suffer for the heat.

“I’m enjoying all the people putting in all the time and effort to put this on,” Schrul said. “I want to thank them for everything they do. We (athletes) do the easy part.”

For Jerry Hurd, a track official for the past 18 years, the games presented the opportunity to be involved in a sport he loves, a chance he can never pass up.

“It’s the best seat in the house,” Hurd, a teacher at Olympic High School, said of officiating. “It’s an individual sport that brings out the best in athletes.”

Athletes like John Emery, Central Kitsap High School cross-country coach, who works with athletes from all over the CK School District during the summer.

“I just like working with youth. I do the summer conditioning with (CK) and build endurance through running with seventh through 12th graders,” Emery said. “They’re the ones that keep me young. That’s what gives me inspiration is to keep up with them.”

Endurance-wise, it is easy to see that Emery probably has no problem keeping up with teens as he ran in the 5K race Saturday morning before going on to compete in nine track events.

Senior Games athletes took part in basketball, billiards, racquetball, a 5K off-road race/walk, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, bowling, golf, and pickleball July 6-9 at more than a dozen sites across Bremerton and Central Kitsap. See Saturday’s Reporter for full results.

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