Humidity and scorching temperatures that made it feel well over 100 degrees Wednesday could not stop York County seniors from having fun at the Senior Games.
At a shaded spot in John Rudy Park, seniors gathered, unbothered by the hot weather, for the horseshoes competition.
The event began at 8 a.m. this year instead of 9 a.m. so the heat would be less of a factor in the competition, said event coordinator Larry Dennis.
"The heat's nice today," said Brenda Shaver, 68, of York Township, who was pitching horseshoes. "We've got a nice little breeze."
The weather was a concern initially, said Dennis,
74, of Springettsbury Township.
"I prayed about it, that's what I always do," Dennis said. "And everything went real well today."
Dennis has been participating in the Senior Games since 2001 and was entered in 15 events this year.
He was doing the triathlon for the first time but said he doesn't train for any of the events.
"I've been very fortunate to have my health. The fellowship is mostly what I go out for," said Dennis, who was also serving as volunteer coordinator for the horseshoes competition.
Being careful: Fortunately, all of Thursday's events are inside, said Beth Kehler, spokesperson for the York County Area Agency on Aging.
"We've been very careful with the older adults," said Kehler. "We're making sure they are hydrated. We have lots of fluids on hand and volunteer nurses from WellSpan Health with us to make sure nobody gets dehydrated."
Frank Curry, 74, of York City, was entered in more than 10 events this year in addition to horseshoes.
"My biggest reason for doing it is that it's a lot of fun and you get to see people you only see once a year while you relax and enjoy yourself," said Curry. "If it weren't for playing games, at this age I wouldn't get out a whole lot."
The heat wasn't going to keep him away.
"I've been in the heat when it's a lot worse than this," said Curry.
Fellow horseshoe pitcher Martin Slusser said, "It was really hot but they kept us supplied with water so it went well."
Slusser, 64, of Springettsbury Township, earned a silver medal in horseshoes.
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