Adults ages 50 to 99+ are invited to display their athletic abilities during the 28th annual Pasadena Senior Games, a series of 22 competitive Olympics-style individual and team sporting events ranging from archery to volleyball May 2 to July 12. Previous competition experience is not required.
Athletes are encouraged to visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Pasadena Senior Games beginning March 2 to register for competitions in Pasadena, Arcadia, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Simi Valley and South El Monte. Registration deadlines are two weeks prior to the start of each competition.
“Every year the Pasadena Senior Games promotes active lifestyles and social engagement for older adults, which have a direct correlation to longer and healthier lives,” said Akila Gibbs, executive director of the Pasadena Senior Center. “As the Pasadena Senior Center celebrates its 60th anniversary of providing services and programs for older adults, these extraordinary athletes exemplify the benefits of active lifestyles that embrace health and vitality.”
The sports are archery, basketball, bowling, cycling, disk golf, fun walk, golf, pickleball, power lifting, race walk, racquetball, road race, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Medals will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place finishes in each sport.
It is anticipated that at least 1,500 athletes will participate this year. Among the many medalists at the 2019 Pasadena Senior Games were Kellie-Bea Cooper for 50-yard freestyle swimming in the category of women ages 50 to 54 and Joe Durrenberger for men’s shot put in the category of men ages 85 to 89. Ninety-year-old Gunnar Linde set a USA track and field record for his age group in the 5000-meter run.
“The accomplishments of Pasadena Senior Games athletes and their generosity of spirit toward one another is humbling,” said Annie Laskey, director of the Pasadena Senior Games. “The passion and dedication of athletes, officials and volunteers is inspiring.”
Another way to participate in the Pasadena Senior Games is to volunteer for positions that include registering athletes, timing, scoring, manning water stations and more. Volunteers of all ages may call (626) 685-6755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1960, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and older in a welcoming environment. Services are also provided for frail, low-income and homebound seniors.