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2017 Senior Games conclude in Birmingham

Birmingham hosted an estimated 10,000 athletes during the 2017 Senior Games. (abc3340.com)

Newton Dran sat quietly as her husband, Don and his partner took part in a spirited game of table tennis. The mood of the couple from Clearwater, Florida was quiet and focused. One sweating as he ran from side to side of the small table, the other watching nervously from a few feet away. "You know you walk slow but when get in game you're running real fast. That's amazing. I sit down right there and I could not imagine why they can do that."

Thursday marked the end of a two week journey for the Dran's and the roughly 10,000 athletes who traveled to Birmingham for the 2017 Senior Games. The competitions which ranged from basketball to badminton showed that no matter the sport, these men and women, all over the age of 55 were ready to play with and against each other.

"I like to win medals. I don't know what to do with medals but it's fun to win medals," said badminton athlete Carroll Marty. On Thursday, the medal was silver for the Iowan and his partner Harvey Eng of Seattle, Washington. The two had never met before this week.

Eng said their finish was not what he'll remember most from his time competing in the Senior Games. "It's been much better for me to have met people like Carroll and it's been fun. I don't take it that seriously because as far as I'm concerned it's only a game."

The majority of the athletes at Thursday's final competitions complemented the host city's facilities and amenities. All the athletes who spoke to ABC 33/40 News say they plan to compete again when the games return in 2019 to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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