Cheered on by her family members, Darlene Senseney raced to finish her first Tri-Run around McDaniel College's campus. The race was one of 16 events participants could try during the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County's inaugural TryVent wellness celebration Sunday afternoon.

"I wanted a challenge. I'm very scared, but I'm going to do it anyway," said Senseney before the race.


According to the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County Director of Operations Roy Libdan, the event was inspired by Yuma, Arizona's Senior Olympics. More than 150 people registered for Carroll County's first TryVent.

"We have a growing elderly population in Carroll County," Libdan said. "We wanted to create an opportunity for everyone 45 and better to try something new."

Senseney, of Westminster, is a first-time runner. She finished the course in just over 25 minutes.

"It went well, but the hills were tough. It's definitely something I'll try again, but I'll train for it," she said.

Senseney's daughters, Jennarae and Jordan Breining, said they were proud of their mother.

"She's been talking about it for a week. She's way big into well-being, and this is a fun and good way for her to stay healthy," said Jennarae.

Nearby, national table tennis player Steve Hochman, of Westminster, coordinated table tennis in the middle of McDaniel's football stadium.

"There's a level of complexity to it — it's like chess on amphetamines. It's a mind game and fitness game at the same time," Hochman explained. "Players can increase their physical abilities as well as their mental abilities. Some studies show it can slow down dementia."

As he guided a few players, Hochman said many of the participants were really picking up the sport.

"I just want them to have fun. They're all improving right before my eyes," Hochman said.

Tennis player Sue Hilker, of Eldersburg, said she enjoyed playing table tennis with Hochman.

"I love racket sports. This is a little easier on your body. It's something I'll try when I can't play tennis anymore," Hilker said.

A few feet away, New Windsor Town Councilman Ed Palsgrove teamed up with fellow Councilman Dave Hoffman to play cornhole.

"We got a challenge to come from the Westminster mayor and council. So far, we're having a good time," Palsgrove said.


Kellee Dougherty, of Eldersburg, also played cornhole and said the event was awesome.

"The teachers are doing a great job. It's a lot of fun," Dougherty said.

Frances Ware, of Baltimore, said her daughter signed her up to play cornhole.

"It's tiresome for me, so I'm going to sit down," Ware said before heading to the sidelines.

Bob Eney, of Finksburg, supervised the pickleball court. Pickleball is a racket sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net.

"Snowbirds [seniors who go to warmer climes during the winter] have been bringing it back from Florida and Arizona," Eney said. "It's an awesome sport. It's fun, it's exercise and you can play it indoors or out."

David Braune, of Westminster, tried pickleball for the first time at TryVent.

"It's a smaller court, and as I get older, I don't need as much exercise," Braune said, adding, "It's fun and easy to learn."

Patti Robinson, of Westminster, said she really enjoyed her first pickleball game.

"I never heard of it, and wanted to go ahead and get my hands wet," Robinson said, adding, "TryVent Is a great idea."