CH Council Member Mary Dunbar places in National Senior Games events
Mary Dunbar, Cleveland Heights City Council member, recently competed in the National Senior Games, held in Cleveland July 19 through Aug. 1. In her age and gender group, women 70–74, Dunbar placed sixth in the 10K cycling time trial and seventh in the 20K cycling road race. In swimming, she placed 12th in the 200-yard freestyle and 16th in the 500-yard freestyle.
Dunbar participated in the Ohio Senior Olympics in 2012 to qualify for the national competition. She originally hoped to run in those games, but due to an injury competed instead in cycling and swimming events. She said that her past experience with triathlons made it easier to bike and swim for the National Senior Games.
On the national level, Dunbar said that she faced tough competitors. “Locally, I’m usually the only one in my age/gender group,” she explained.
Dunbar also recently participated in the local Forest Hill Thunder Run 5K Run/Walk on July 23—an event that benefitted the Fund for the Future of the Heights Libraries. In that race, Dunbar won first place in her age/gender group, and commented on her Facebook page, "I'm more competitive locally than nationally."
“The best part [of the games] was witnessing the joy and fun that people were having,” Dunbar said. She has not decided if she will compete in the next National Senior Games, scheduled for 2015. For now, she is focused on her plans to run the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon in New York state this October.
According to a Cleveland Sports Commission spokesman, said Dunbar, 27 Cleveland Heights residents registered for the 2013 National Senior Games.
Simone Jasper is a 2012 graduate of Beaumont School. She studies print journalism at Elon University and is an intern at the Heights Observer.