SALISBURY, MD---Seniors from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia converge on Salisbury University for the 14th annual Eastern Shore Senior Games.
Events are Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11, at Maggs Physical Activities Center and the SU athletic fields, and other locations throughout the community.
Competitions, open to those age 50 and older, include aquatics, bowling, cycling, a 5K road race, fitness assessments, pickleball, floor and foul basketball shooting, golf, table tennis, tennis, track and field, and team volleyball.
Athletes vie for gold, silver and bronze medals in age brackets based on five-year increments, beginning with ages 50-54 to 90+. Medals will be awarded for all sports except the 5K race and fitness assessments, which offer participation ribbons. Day-of registration is offered for these two events only, at a cost of $30 each or $50 for both.
New this year is the Athlete Recognition Social from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 10, to honor the participants that make the games possible and to allow them to socialize with one another. Hors d’oeuvers will be served and a guest speaker from MAC, Inc. will keynote the event.
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.
Admission to the games is free for spectators, and the public is invited. For more information call 410-677-0254 or visit the Eastern Shore Senior Games Web site at www.salisbury.edu/seniorgames.