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Updated: 03/08/2018 08:30:01AM

Heartland Games close, Arcadians runaway with medals

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Frances Sletvold of Craig's RV Park is on her way to a gold medal in the Heartland Games 5k time trials held at Sun N Lake in Sebring.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY NEIL SIMPSON

Ralph Ricker leads younger runners in the 5k at the Heartland Games.

By NEIL SIMPSON

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The 2018 Heartland Games For Active Adults came to a close last week. They were the most successful Heartland Games ever, with 471 competitors taking home a pile of medals: 254 gold, 136 silver and 79 bronze. More of those medals were won by Arcadians than ever before.

One local multi-medalist was Ralph Ricker, an 86-year-old runner who came home sporting gold medals won in the 100- and 1500-meter races, the 5k run and long jump. He first learned about the Heartland Games from a story in the Arcadian.

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