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Race Walk Events Done; Triathlon Remains

I’ve had a busy, active, and fun week thus far during the 30th edition of the Huntsman World Senior Games here in St. George, Utah.

Color 30th anniversary seal for Huntsman World Senior GamesOn Tuesday, Oct. 4, I competed in the 1500 meter race walk with 30 other women age 50 and better. I finished in 14:43.50, good enough for fourth in my age group, and a full minute faster than the 1500 meter race the previous Saturday during the Nevada Senior Games. The overall female winner, Barbara Duplichain, smoked the field with a time of 8:37.76.

Color photo of Bonnie Parrish-Kell with her 4th place ribbon in the 2016 Huntsman World Senior Games 1500 meter race walk.The following day, I then race walked the 5K race on a runway course at the old St. George Airport. Under blue skies, cool temperatures, and little wind, I cruised to a 51:35.2 finish, more than 21 minutes slower than Barbara’s overall winning time of 30:28.5. Still, that was three minutes faster than last year on the same course with similar conditions. I also snagged third place and the bronze medal for my age group. Still, I have plenty of work ahead of me to improve my times.

Color photo of Bonnie Parrish-Kell with three-time Olympic swimming champion Debbie Meyer.The perfect cap was meeting three-time Olympic swimming champion Debbie Meyer. When she won gold in the 200, 400, and 800-meter freestyle in Mexico City in 1968, she set a record that stood until this year with Katie Ledecky swam to Olympic glory. Gracious, humble and so very personable, Debbie attended the post-race social to present awards to all race walk and power walk competitors. Thank you, Debbie, for making my day so special!

I have one more event to play, I mean, participate in: the sprint-distance triathlon set for tomorrow starting and finishing at the Summit Athletic Club off River Road. The race starts with a 450-meter outdoor pool swim, followed by a 20K (12.4 miles) bike, and a 5K run (or power walk for me). This will be my first triathlon in a few years. My last senior games’ triathlon was in 2010. I’m excited to get back into it!

About Bonnie Parrish-Kell

The Diva-in-Chief and Publisher of Slowpoke Divas who always feels better after a good workout or race...no matter how sore she may be.

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