GRAND JUNCTION – Telluride’s Richard Unruh is once again home a barrage of medals once again after competing in swimming and track and field events at the 12th annual Western Colorado Senior Games last weekend in Grand Junction.
In the track events, Unruh won gold medals in the 50-metre, 100-metre, 200-metre, and 400-metre dashes. In field events, he took gold in the discus competition and silver in shot put as a former Texas state shot put champion took the gold.
In the swimming events, Unruh said medals were harder to come by as a competitor from the Netherlands won all the swim events in record times. Still, Unruh took two silver medals in swimming events.
In all, Unruh took home a total of 10 medals from the annual competition – a satisfying number, he said, despite being a medal less then he took home last year.
“It was a great time,” Unruh said. “There were over 250 participants and some old friends showed up from Idaho and Utah. I fell a medal short of last year, but the 10 this year were very satisfying, especially to win all the sprints and dashes. Just call me Usain Bolt Unruh.”
The Western Colorado Senior Games his held every year and is for anyone 50 years and up. Competitors can compete in events such as track and field, swimming, pickle ball, pool, golf chip/putt, 5K walk/run, bowling, cards, dance, bocce ball, and basketball. For more information, visit gjcity.org/Senior_Games.aspx.