Senior Games enter 8th year
The Western Colorado Senior Games give athletes age 50 or older the chance to compete in almost anything they want.
The games, which begin Monday and run through Aug. 28, offer events ranging from tennis to cribbage to track and field.
“It’s a great opportunity for these athletes to get together and compete,” Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Coordinator Lorie Gregor said. “There is something for everyone from the really serious competitive events to the more playful.”
The games are entering their eighth year and will be at a variety of locations around the Grand Valley. Stocker Stadium will feature track and field and bocce ball will be played at the Senior Recreation Center, 550 Ouray Ave. Thursday night’s dance competition is at the Ale House.
Gregor said there are roughly 100 competitors ranging from age 50 to 90. The attendance at the games has doubled in its eight years of existence.
Gregor said most of the athletes are from the Western Slope, but nearly one-fourth of the entrants come from other states.
“Some of these people only see each other at the games,” Gregor said. “We are starting to see a big interest from the Front Range and other states.”
The biggest events are the golf chip/putt, which takes place Wednesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course. The 400-meter walk during the track competition, along with the basketball shoot at the Bookcliff Activity Center, are also popular events. Gregor said some of the older competitors are the ones who do the more challenging events.
“You would be surprised. Our older group does track and field, swim, the 5K,” Gregor said. “You’d think they’d be less competitive, but they’ve been doing it a lot longer so it just carried over.”
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the biggest days of the games, with the events wrapping up Friday night with a potluck dinner at the Senior Rec Center at 6:30 p.m.
Registration for the games are closed, but Gregor said citizens are encouraged to attend the events.