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Preparing for Senior Games

  • Jack Stinson, 85, walks to his car after training for the shot put and hammer throw behind the Elks Lodge in Lebanon, N.H., on May 19, 2014. Stinson and several other members of Thor's Stone Athletic Club will compete in the Massachusetts Senior Games at Springfield College next month. (Valley News - Will Parson)

    Jack Stinson, 85, walks to his car after training for the shot put and hammer throw behind the Elks Lodge in Lebanon, N.H., on May 19, 2014. Stinson and several other members of Thor's Stone Athletic Club will compete in the Massachusetts Senior Games at Springfield College next month. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Jack Stinson, 85, practices the shot put with trainer Carl Wallin, left, behind the Elks Lodge in Lebanon, N.H., on May 19, 2014. Stinson is a member of Thor's Stone Athletic Club, led by Wallin and based out of the CCBA in Lebanon. (Valley News - Will Parson)

    Jack Stinson, 85, practices the shot put with trainer Carl Wallin, left, behind the Elks Lodge in Lebanon, N.H., on May 19, 2014. Stinson is a member of Thor's Stone Athletic Club, led by Wallin and based out of the CCBA in Lebanon. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Jack Stinson, 85, walks to his car after training for the shot put and hammer throw behind the Elks Lodge in Lebanon, N.H., on May 19, 2014. Stinson and several other members of Thor's Stone Athletic Club will compete in the Massachusetts Senior Games at Springfield College next month. (Valley News - Will Parson)
  • Jack Stinson, 85, practices the shot put with trainer Carl Wallin, left, behind the Elks Lodge in Lebanon, N.H., on May 19, 2014. Stinson is a member of Thor's Stone Athletic Club, led by Wallin and based out of the CCBA in Lebanon. (Valley News - Will Parson)

“It’s a good group of kids,” says Jack Stinson, as he leaves a small square of cement in a field of green grass. “Kids,” of course, is a relative term, since Stinson, 85, is only 20 years older than the youngest of the group, Jane Higgins, who is 65. Both Stinson and Higgins have been profiled by the Valley News in recent years for their successful endeavors in physical fitness. And they were still at it on Monday, practicing with trainer Carl Wallin and other members of Thor’s Stone Athletic Club for the shot put and hammer throw ahead of next month’s trip to the Massachusetts Senior Games in Springfield, Mass.

Posted to the Valley Visual blog Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

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