“Life Begins at 50 with Fitness and Gold!” That’s what organizers behind the Virginia Senior Games (VSG) say, at least, as they enter their 40th year of promoting healthy lifestyles for Virginia residents. Presented annually by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, the 2018 games will be held May 11th through 12th (pickleball) and May 16th through 19th.
The Virginia Senior Games strive to provide something for everyone “50 and better.” From swimming to tennis, events are chosen to include the non-athletic as well as the athletic, to accommodate all skill levels, and to promote an atmosphere of competition and fun.
This year’s events include Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Billiards, Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Horseshoes, Pickleball, Racquetball, Road Race, Shuffleboard, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball. There will be 1,302 athletes from 22 states competing in the 2018 games.
The 2018 Virginia Senior Games are qualifying games for 2019 National Senior Games, which will take place June 14th through 25th, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. VSG is also an open event, so no scores or times are required for entry.
Athletes can compete in multiple sports, and out-of-state sportspersons are welcome. Competition adheres to National Senior Games rules, and medals are awarded in each age category (in five-year increments). Additionally, athletes and their guests are treated to an annual Athletes’ Party and Wellness Fair, based on a new theme each year and offering activities, musical entertainment, and snacks, all in keeping with a showcase for services and resources for healthy lifestyles in Virginia.
To learn more about Virginia Senior Games, visit the event website.