SALISBURY, MD---Registration is open for the 13th annual Eastern Shore Senior Games at Salisbury University.
The games are Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28, at Maggs Physical Activities Center and athletic fields, and other locations throughout the community. The games are open to men and women ages 50 and over.
Competitions include aquatics, bowling, cycling, a 5K road race, fitness, pickleball, floor and foul basketball shooting, golf, table tennis, tennis, track and field, and team volleyball. For the first time, participants may register online.
Cost is $30 per single sport, $50 for unlimited sports. Entries should be postmarked by Friday, March 9. Late entries will be accepted through Tuesday, March 13, at a cost of $55 per single sport, $75 for unlimited sports. Volleyball registration is $200 per team; team members do not need to register separately unless also competing in other events. Additional fees apply for bowling and golf. There is no day-of registration.
Athletes vie for gold, silver and bronze medals in age brackets based on five-year increments, beginning with ages 50-54.
New this year is an athlete recognition ceremony 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, to honor the participants that make the games possible. To nominate an athlete for recognition, e-mail the participant’s name, age and why they should receive an award to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Dr. Carol Wood, Teacher Education and Technology Center Room 354E, Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801.
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.