Every summer, folks have the chance to compete in the Georgia Games.
It all began in 1989 as a fun way for amateurs to face off in the spirit of the Olympics.
This weekend, a Macon man will try to earn another medal in the open swim category. But Dr. James Logan admits that folks still shake their heads when he tells them about his plans.
"Yeah, not very many people know about them. Most people, you tell them the Georgia Games and they're not sure what you're talking about," Logan said with a chuckle.
The Georgia Games have a long track record in the Peach State. Anyone can compete in a myriad of different sports every summer.
Logan has put on the goggles the last half a dozen years in the open swim category.
"It's one of the few open water events that are local, so that's why I wanted to do this," he said.
Logan who is a pediatric pulmonologist plunges into the water several times a week to train.
"I swim at a pool five times a week, then I swim out at the lake two times a week," Logan said.
The doctor who helps kids will swim a 3K. He says he likes the way they run the event and he notices the competition gets tougher ever year.
"They've done the last several games at Lake Acworth. It's a very nice facility, very well-run, usually a good turnout. We have several hundred people that attend the event," he said.
And in an open swim, you compete for elbow room with every stroke.
"It's very different than pool swimming. The first thing is you have no lanes, so you have to learn how to sight the distances and the technique is different," Logan explained. The waves and the conditions are different. It's just nice being outdoors and being out in a nice lake."
And it's nice to win a medal. Logan has done that pretty consistently.
"I usually win my age group every year," he said sheepishly.
The guy who is about to hit 60 is pretty modest about the glory. The tokens that say he's tops don't take center stage.
"They're in a drawer somewhere. I couldn't even say where," he admitted.
If you would like to compete, there is registration this Saturday for the day of the race.
And this may be something for you to consider next summer to compete in the Georgia Games. They have everything from traditional stuff like track and field, but they also stage equestrian events, stuff for kids, and they even have table tennis.
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