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Path to a personal best

(ran LTCTNT, CTI editions)

So you've retired. Time to sit back, slow down, relax, take a little breather, right?

(Sound of buzzer indicating WRONG choice.)

Now, for perhaps the first time in years, you have the liberty to dedicate yourself to leading a healthier lifestyle. You have an opportunity to provide a positive role model on how to live life after 55.

And you can begin (or continue) by getting involved in the 15th annual Good Life Celebration, held Nov. 12-20.

"This nine-day celebration is about keeping mentally, physically and socially active," said Shirley Lewis of Barnett Bank of Pinellas County and celebration director. "It's about challenging yourself to become your personal best."

At the heart of the celebration are 34 sporting and recreational activities held at more than 36 locations. At the soul, you'll find an expo geared toward the needs and interests of seniors, an arts and crafts festival, dancing, karaoke, fun, food, a social and more.

"The celebration is more than just athletic competition," Lewis said. "It offers a broad stroke of opportunities for seniors to be involved in the good life."

IF YOU GO:

This year's Good Life Games are expected to attract nearly 2,000 seniors _ ages 55 to older than 90 _ who will compete in at least one of 34 different athletic and recreational events throughout Pinellas County. Events range from active sports such as tennis, volleyball, basketball or swimming to recreational activities such as table games like chess and cribbage.

DEADLINE: Entry forms must be postmarked no later than Nov. 1. A detailed schedule of events, map, game information and entry form may be picked up at any Pinellas County Barnett Bank, the Times, 490 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, and related recreational and senior service centers.

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone age 55 or older as of Dec. 31 is eligible to enter the games.

FEE: One-time entry fee of $12 includes entry into one or more events plus a commemorative T-shirt. Games entry fee without shirt is $8. (Proceeds benefit Neighborly Senior Services.)

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