Personal Best

Be Your Personal Best...FOR LIFE!

There’s a new definition of “personal best” that anyone can achieve. It’s not about a peak time or distance in sports. It’s about overcoming obstacles, surviving challenges and staying motivated throughout your life. This results in greater longevity and a healthy, active lifestyle – and that is your Personal Best!

Personal Best Archive

Personal Best “Class of 2016” Athletes

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Bismarck, North Dakota

Clermont, Florida


Tom McAdam, 60

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Johnson City, Tennessee

Personal Best “Class of 2015” Athletes

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Casper, Wyoming

"Of Mentors,
Mountains and

Atlanta, Georgia

Milford, Pennsylvania

“Cycling Away
From Cancer"

Las Vegas, Nevada



The Villages, Florida

2015 Personal Best Tour Blogs

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Biloxi, Mississippi   Clearwater, Florida
Evansville, Indiana  
Rochester, Michigan    
Las Vegas, Nevada    

Personal Best “Class of 2014” Athletes

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San Antonio, Texas

Largo, Florida

Midland, North Carolina

“Targeting the Heart”

New Greenwich, Connecticut

Saint Paul, Minnesota


Riverside, California

“going great lengths"

St. Louis, Missouri

“by the numbers"

Albuquerque, New Mexico

“full cycle"

2014 Personal Best Tour Blogs

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Minneapolis, Minnesota   Albuquerque, New Mexico
Portland, Maine   Woodbridge, New Jersey
Pasadena, California    
Columbia, Missouri    

Personal Best “Class of 2013” Athletes

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Cleveland, Ohio

Houston, Texas

Frankfort, Kentucky

“I’m Better”

Annapolis, Maryland

Pencil Me In

San Anselmo, California

“I perspire to inspire”

Hastings, Iowa

Beating the Odds


San Antonio, Texas

“if you build it,
they will come”
Fairfax Station, Virginia

"a team dream
come true"
Washington D.C.

"tending his 
Accokeek, Maryland

"making up for lost time 
Ft. Jackson, South Carolina

"fit to serve"
Phoenix, Arizona

"color me joyful"
River Forrest, Illinois

Hartville, Ohio

"the art and science
 of a successful life"
Salt Lake City, Utah

"unexpected gains"
Kinston, North Carolina 
Youngsville, North Carolina

"family extended"

2013 Personal Best Tour Blogs

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San Antonio, Texas               Chicago, Illinois
Washington D.C. Canton, Ohio
Fort Jackson, South Carolina Cleveland, Ohio
Phoenix, Arizona St. George, Utah
Greenville, North Carolina

Personal Best Archive

The NSGA Personal Best Tour

Each year we take to the road to promote opportunities for 50+ adults to get moving and to participate in local, state and national senior games. We introduce Personal Best Award athletes who are examples of healthy aging on and off the field. Our goal is to inspire others to action and show that “It’s Never Too Late to Get in the Game.”

Follow along as we post blog entries recapping our Personal Best Tour events throughout the year beginning in April!

Previous 2016 Tour Stops and Blogs:

Greeley, Colorado  




Personal Best Tour - June 10, 2016, Greeley, Colorado

The 2016 Personal Best health and wellness initiative took to the road with a presentation to 60-year-old Colorado athlete Tom McAdam at the Celebration of Athletes kickoff event for the 39th annual Rocky Mountain Senior Games held in Greeley, Colorado.

After introductions by RMSG President and NSGA Board Vice Chair Kate Amack (shown in award photo), CEO Marc T. Riker told assembled athletes and spectators Tom McAdam’s story (posted on Personal Best Page) about how he got involved in Senior Games as a way to honor his 95-year-old father Bob McAdam, a retired fitness educator and racquetball hall of famer. “Tom encouraged other family members to join in, and his brother in Minnesota did,” Riker explained. “As a result, Brian McAdam was able to reverse weight gain and the side effects from neck and back operations. Then Brian’s children were inspired and are now competitive swimmers. It shows you never know how your actions will positively impact others.”

Tom agreed, and talked about both the social and fitness benefits of his involvement. Being 60 years old, he said he frequently gets surprised reactions from people when he mentions his activity. “People tell me I don’t look like I’m old enough to be in Senior Games. I tell them I look like this because I am in Senior Games.”

Following the presentation and athletes’ oath to open the 39th annual Rocky Mountain Senior Games, McAdam lit the cauldron and led athletes on a torch march with athletes bearing signs of the sports being played.

Over two days Riker and NSGA PR staffer Del Moon visited seven sport venues and met some great athletes…as we always do! Here are some snapshots from the visit:

Tom introduced us to swimmer Kent Carney, who was captain of his USC swim team in 1967 and is mentioned in a humorous vignette shared by Tom in the Personal Best story.

Joseph Ernie Jemello enjoyed his first experience competing at the Rocky Mountain Senior Games, and brought his own cheering section. He is flanked by his sister Tina (left), Riker and friend Kelley Norris. Ernie, who is 4'9", talked his way into the Marine Corps on a height waiver and may be the shortest person to serve. More family and friends are talking about going to Birmingham for Team Jemello to make a big impact.

Marc Riker admires the Nepal hat of 81-year-old Eddie Schneider of Littleton, Co. Schneider climbed to the final base camp of Mt. Everest in 2010 at 75, and also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro when he was 65. No wonder he wasn't too winded running at a mile high altitude!

You never know where that darn racquetball will go, as these gents find during doubles matches held at the Greeley Recreation Center.

Thanks for a great visit Colorado athletes, staff and volunteers!