The longtime Kodiak resident is holding an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kodiak Senior Center.
He hopes to generate enough interest within the over 50 crowd to put on a senior games in the fall.
“I feel that a little friendly competition, organized, is good incentive for folks to get out and work out,” Ranney said.
Ranney said Kodiak Senior Center executive director Pat Branson approached him with the idea of Kodiak senior games after he returned from the 2013 Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah. He also said the city of Kodiak Parks and Recreation department has shown interest in helping with venues for the games.
Along with competing in the World Senior Games, Ranney has also participated in national and state senior games. Alaska’s games are in Fairbanks.
“Senior games is growing all across the country … Seniors are just getting more and more involved with different kinds of sports,” he said.
Ranney participated in track events, but he said senior games offer a variety of sports. Some sports that have been pitched for Kodiak’s senior games are bowling, walking, softball, table tennis, running, bench press, horse shoe pitching, 3-on-3 basketball, biking, golf and swimming.
Ranney said the games would go on, even if he would be the only competitor.
“When we start it will probably be small and maybe it will become a yearly tradition,” Ranney said.
The Senior Center is going to sponsor the senior games. The games would be open to anybody 50 or older.
Ranney, a former Kodiak Daily Mirror editor, is a fixture on Kodiak’s running circuit.
“Those are what keeps me running,” Ranney said.
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