Senior helps motivate others to stay active during the Rocky Mountain Senior Games

Volunteer promotes fitness during Senior Games

GREELEY, Colo - "How much can you bench press?"

That is usually something high school students ask one another. But these days more and more people over age 50 are pumping iron.

Need some workout motivation? Head to Greeley for the Rocky Mountain Senior Games.

 "We are about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for 50-plus," said Tiffany Skoglund, Senior Center, City of Greeley.

The Rocky Mountain Senior Games are Colorado's qualifying event for the national senior games.

So, 500 to 800 fifty plus athletes trek to Greeley each summer to compete. People like Jim Neely.

He competes in the leg press category and he does some heavy lifting serving on the board that organizes this huge event.

He has done it since 1995 to help to promote fitness as a lifestyle.

"I don't care how old you are, you can hike, run, bike, swim, lift, whatever, just keep doing it!" said Neely.

The Rocky Mountain Senior Games have been around since 1978 and continue to grow.

"We have almost everything in the alphabet from archery to weightlifting," said Neely.

"We have anything from archery, swimming, to track and field, to trap and skeet," said Skoglund.

With all those events and an ever aging population it is no wonder the games partner not only on the City of Greeley, but utilize 200 volunteers, like Jim Neely.

"He will do anything from sing the national anthem for us at our celebration of athletes, to help us run an event, to help us with sponsorships, just about anything we have asked of him.  He has been a great board member and a participant," said Skoglund.

To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Senior Games go to www.rockymountainseniorgames.com