Hingham, MA -- While Ed Petcavage had been active his entire life, it was only when he moved into Linden Ponds in Hingham and joined the fitness center, did he start to see substantial physical health improvements. The fitness center staff, in less than a year of exercise advice and encouragement, prepared Petcavage for the local 2012 Quincy Senior Olympics.
By 2015, he had competed in two state senior games (RI and MA), two national senior games, a number of Quincy Senior Games and has won 28 medals in four years!
"I love working out," said Petcavage. "This year I competed in the Race Walking Category and came in first at both the Quincy Senior Olympics and the State Games. The State Games qualified me for the National Senior Games in Minneapolis where I placed 8th."
This past May, he was one of 16 Linden Ponds residents (nine women, seven men) to participate in the 2015 Quincy events including track and field, swimming, bowling, horseshoes, darts, basketball free throws, billiards, golf, and walking contests.
Petcavage won 11 out of the 60 medals won by residents.
The opportunity to compete locally in Quincy against men in the same 5-yr. age brackets led to Petcavage's participation at the state and national senior games level.
"I realized that, with a little help from the fitness center staff at Linden Ponds and with a specific training program, I would be able to compete in 1500m (.93 mile) and 5Km (3.1 miles) race walks against other 70-74 year old males."
Petcavage had race walked in two state senior games (RI and MA) to qualify for two national senior games (OH and MN). He qualified for the 2013 Cleveland and the 2015 St. Paul Senior Games by winning gold medals in the 1500m state race walks the year before! At the MN Senior Games, he was able to win the 8th place ribbon in the 5Km race walk (M 70-74) in 36 min 58 seconds.
"3 1/2 hours-per-week workout prep has made me feel like a fit thirty year old!" said Petcavage. "It is very satisfying to finish a race without being disqualified for poor technique!"
Linden Ponds is one of 18 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Linden Ponds is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Hingham, MA. The vibrant campus opened in October 2004 and is home to 1200 people who are enjoying life to the fullest.
The NSGA is a 501(c)3, non-profit, corporation dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles for athletes age 50 and over. A recognized multi-sport organization of the United States Olympic Committee, the NSGA is comprised of 49 Member Organizations and 2 Associate Member Organizations who conduct state or national multi-sport competitions, which serve as qualifiers for the National Senior Games.*