SALISBURY, MD---From pickleball to bowling to a 5K run/walk, the Eastern Shore Senior Games celebrates its 12th year with a variety of competitive activities for young-at-heart athletes.
The games are Thursday-Saturday, May 5-7, at Salisbury University’s Maggs Physical Activities Center and athletic fields, and other locations throughout the community. An opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, includes the keynote addresses “Fitness Challenges Across a Lifetime” with Dr. Scott Mazzetti and “Injury Prevention in the Older Athlete” with Dr. Brent Fedorko, both of the Health and Sport Sciences Department.
Competitions include aquatics, badminton, bowling, 40K cycling race and recreational ride, fitness testing, floor and foul basketball shooting, golf, pickleball, pump and run, table tennis, tennis, track and field, and team volleyball.
Registration is $25 for a single sport, $40 for unlimited sports. Entries must be postmarked by Monday, March 21. Entries for unlimited sports only will be accepted through Monday, April 11, at a cost of $60. Additional fees apply for bowling, golf and volleyball. There is no day-of registration.
Athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in age brackets based on five-year increments, beginning with ages 50-54.
According to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 85 percent of seniors in the United States do not exercise as much as they should. Other seniors have made staying in shape a social affair, using events like the Senior Games to keep in touch with old friends and make new ones. In recent years, more than 400 have competed in the games.
Competitions are held at the SU athletic fields and tennis courts, Maggs Gymnasium, Cherokee Lanes and Deer Run Golf Course. The Senior Games are sanctioned by the Maryland Senior Olympics Commission, Inc.