July, 2013 
Summer 2013
California Senior Games Association

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Athlete's Oath


In the spirit of the Olympic Ideal, I pledge:

To abide by the rules of these Games,

To respect the officials that apply them,

To be humble in Victory and Gracious in Defeat,

I am proud to be a Senior Games Athlete.

Results! Results! Results!


Results are now posted for the following games:
Palm Desert
Bear Valley Winter Games
Bay Area Senior Games

Wine Country Senior Games and Pasadena Senior Games will be posted by July 15.
CSGA Board of Directors

Anne Warner Cribbs
Bay Area Senior Games

Cynthia Rosedale
Pasadena Senior Games


William Spain           


Amy Crabb
Wine Country Senior Games

At Large
John Guislin

Rob Carson
Palm Desert Senior Games

Karen Brookfield
San Diego Senior Games

Rosie Sundell
Bear Valley Winter Senior Games

Contact information at click here 





Dear Athletes and Friends:  


Please join me in congratulating all the 500 plus California Senior Games athletes who are heading to Cleveland in a few short weeks to compete in the 2013 Summer National Senior Games. I know the 2013 Local Organizing Committee in Cleveland has lots of fun activities planned for all athletes and families - in the home of Rock & Roll - so the Games should live up to everyone's expectations.   


We are happy to announce the names of California's two flag bearers, John Sanmartini, a cycling and lawn bowling athlete, and Marianne Hamilton, a racewalker.  Marianne and John are heading to Cleveland to the 2013 Games and will carry our California flag in the Celebration of Athletes. 


See the story below from Marianne about what carrying the flag means to her.


Happy training to all.. see you in San Diego at the 2013 State Championships in September.





Anne Warner Cribbs

Chair, California Senior Games Association






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Registration Now Open for the 2013 California Senior Games State  Championships to be held in San Diego, during September!
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Beautiful San Diego
As announced, we are delighted that this year's State Championships will be held in San Diego in September.  A beautiful city, great facilities, a wonderful place for Senior Athletes,  the Games will be outstanding and will be a great warm-up for the 2014 State Championships which act as a qualifier for all California athletes to go to the 2015 Summer National Senior Games.

To REGISTER on line:
Go to   You can register a team or yourself for individual sports.  You may make payment with a credit card or send a check.  You will receive a confirmation letter to the email address given.
MAIL IN - Paper registration forms are available at  Visit this web site and download and print the registration forms.
    SDSGA  attn: Registration
    4740 Murphy Canyon Road #200
    San Diego,  CA  92123

Contact: Karen Brookfield,  Games Commissioner

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Running with the Solar Torch
Why I want to be a Flag Bearer..
Marianne L. Hamilton  
Growing up in Sacramento, CA, I was always, always the very last one selected (very begrudgingly) for any athletic team. Pudgy, bespectacled, book-wormish, and painfully shy, I envied my classmates who could run, throw, catch, bike, swim, spike a tetherball and more...all seemingly so effortlessly. For me, every PE class was pure torture. I knew (as did everyone else in my class, including the nuns) that any attempts I made to participate in a sport would be clumsy and humiliating. Early on, I determined that my lot in life was to read books and get good grades...which I (mostly) did.

My sense of futility in the physical realm persisted throughout my teens, 20s and 30s. But then at one point, as 40 was looming, I started watching the joggers in my neighborhood. Few were going all that fast; it seemed that this was an activity that didn't demand tons of coordination or innate athletic skill. After weeks of deliberation, I secretly bought my first pair of Nikes and hit the road....and to my amazement, in a few months I was able to make it (slowly) through a few miles. With the heady sense of empowerment that came with that achievement, I registered for a 10K race. I didn't finish; as soon as the gun went off, my former fears kicked in and I psyched myself out. But I kept at it...and eventually I was able to complete the distance, and my first race. I will never forget the torrent of tears that poured from my eyes when I crossed the finish-line that first time. Never, ever in any remote corner of my consciousness growing up had I entertained the fantasy that the words "running" or "race" would creep into my vocabulary. I felt like I'd won the Lotto.

As time went on I continued running, and then started going to a gym and lifting weights. The weights made a rapid difference in my body that I relished; so much so that I became obsessive about hitting the gym - to my extreme detriment. I managed to rupture a disc in my neck, requiring the removal of the disc and a fusion of my vertebrae. The procedure was a success, but my surgeon delivered devastating news: I could no longer run, or do anything that would in any way stress my neck or spine. It seemed a death-sentence; my depression was profound.

During my rehab, I began walking - a little farther each day. As I healed, I began picking up the pace...until without realizing it, my body naturally fell into race-walking technique. Eventually another race-walker saw me and recommended that I train with his coach. Later, I was fortunate enough to connect with a two-time Olympic race-walker, who helped my technique improve dramatically. Since then, I have race-walked 8 marathons, 50+ half-marathons, and more 10Ks than I could ever remember. When a friend referred to me as an "athlete" not long ago, I collapsed into hysterics. But her comment gave me pause: impossibly, I had become what I never imagined possible. That sense of incredulity persisted in March of last year, when I entered (and won) both of the race-walking events at the Bay Area Senior Games at Stanford. My times were hardly world-class...but they were sufficient for overall golds, as well as firsts in my age-group. It was at that point that I understood that being an athlete isn't necessarily about being to the manner born. Sometimes it's a mantle you get to wear after many, many years of very hard work, and changing the way you think about yourself.

I turned 60 last November, which was momentous in many ways: One month prior, my husband and I had competed (for the second year) at the Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah. In 2011 I had taken age-group silvers in all 3 race-walking events; last year I crossed the finish-line ahead of all of the female competitors in all three races (pic attached). Each awards ceremony was more surreal than the last. Surely, I imagined, my mother (a journalist like myself, who'd shared my early-life aversion to anything physical) was spinning in her grave...but then writing a fabulous account of how proud she was of her daughter's transformation.

I didn't overcome cancer or other extreme physical hardship, as I'm sure many of my amazing fellow athletes will convey to you. I spend my days as a writer for hire and a community volunteer, I coach other race-walkers, and I'm blessed to have a goofy magazine-style show on our local community access TV station here in Los Gatos, where I live. I'm healthy, very happily to be married to the perfect mate (a cyclist and runner who's 62), and my life is largely without drama. Perhaps, if I've overcome any obstacles, they were the insistent demons that whispered in my ear throughout my life - that I couldn't do this, or couldn't do that, so why try. But I did. And in my mind, that makes me a winner. If you deem that to be in keeping with the spirit of the National Senior Games, I would be immeasurably honored to carry the flag of my home state in the Celebration of Athletes!