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2017 Senior Games & Senior Olympics in the U.S.

text "2017 Senior Games" appears above color photo of three senior female race walkers

Three senior women ready to compete in the race walk event at 2016 Huntsman World Senior Games.

Whether you’ve been an athlete all your life or just discovering the joys of playing in sports, you’ll love the fun, fellowship, and challenging competition in multi-event sports called “senior games” or “senior Olympics.” Don’t worry about how fast or slow you are or whether you’re “good enough.” If you’re 50 years of age or better, you can sign up!

Choose your sport from archery and basketball to track and field and volleyball. Some events also offer games such as blackjack, bridge, cribbage, and poker. Several events offer triathlon and unique competitions such as Cowboy Action Shoot!

Most state senior games competitions welcome out-of-state athletes. A few may require prior qualification, meaning the senior athlete must meet certain criteria in order to compete.

This list of seniors-only Olympic-style athletic competitions will help inspire you to get fit, choose a sport or game to train for, set goals, and make new friends.

How the Listings are Organized

  • The states are listed in alphabetical order.
  • The first event listed is the state’s qualifying event for the National Senior Games Association’s biennial competition. These are noted as (NSGA).
    • Note: Next year will be your chance to qualify for the 2019 National Senior Games set for in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Take this extra time to get started improving your fitness and abilities for your chosen sport(s)!
  • Other senior games organized by counties, cities or civic groups are then listed in alphabetical order. Each listing includes event dates, location, and contact information such as website or phone number.
  • TBD” is used for “To Be Determined” for events with dates, locations, or other information not yet confirmed.

Key Tips

  1. Contact the senior games’ event organizer or sports coordinator directly for the latest information or if you have any questions about the sports’ venues and courses, calendar of events, registration, and lodging, visitor, and travel information.
  2. Sign up for their e-newsletters or email alerts to stay informed about any changes or updates. Organizers often have to make change to dates, sports, games, and other event aspects for reasons beyond their control, or at their discretion.
  3. Bookmark this page for future reference. We’ll update this page as we receive information from event organizers and readers like you! Plus, once you participate in one senior games, you’re gonna want to go to more!
  4. Most importantly, go have fun!

Alabama

  •  Alabama Senior Olympics, TBD. Greater Birmingham area, AL. Visit their website here. (NSGA)

Alaska

  •  Alaska International Senior Games, Aug. 11-20. Fairbanks, AK. www.AlaskaISG.org (NSGA)

Arizona

Arkansas

California

  • California Senior Games: this is the state’s umbrella organization that coordinates regional events for athletes and organizes the state championship. More info at  www.CaliforniaSeniorGames.org (NSGA)
  • The following senior games are qualifiers for the California Senior Games:
  • In 2018 the California Senior Games is planning the Encore Games to give athletes a “second chance” to qualify in their sport for the 2019 National Senior Games. Go to EncoreGames.org for more information.

Colorado

  • Rocky Mountain Senior Games, July 21-23 & 28-30. Greeley, CO. www.RockyMountainSeniorGames.com (NSGA)
  • Summit County 50+ Open Winter Games, Feb. 12-14. Frisco, CO. Info at this Summit County web page.
    • Though not affiliated with NSGA, it’s a perfect event for athletes ages 50+ who love alpine, nordic, and skating sports.

Connecticut

  • Connecticut Masters’ Games, various dates in March & May. Greater New Britain area, CT. www.CTMastersGames.org  (NSGA)

Delaware

District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

  •  Hawaii Senior Olympics, 2017 dates TBD. Honolulu, HI. (NSGA)

Idaho

Illinois

  • Illinois Senior Olympics, various dates July 29 – Oct. 19. Springfield, IL. www.ilsenoly.org (NSGA)

Indiana

  •  Indiana State Games (formerly Indiana Senior Games). Evansville, IN. indiana.fusesport.com (NSGA)
    • As of May 14, the event is “undergoing a transition period” and no events will be held in 2017. Stay tuned for 2018 event info.

Iowa

Kansas

  • Kansas Senior Games, Sept. 15-24. Topeka, KS. Go to the Kansas Senior Games web page on SunflowerGames.com (NSGA)

Kentucky

Louisiana

  •  Louisiana Senior Olympic Games, Apr. – Nov. Various locations in Jefferson Parish, LA. www.lsog1.net (NSGA)

Maine

  •  Maine Senior Games, June 26 – Oct. 15. Portland, ME. www.MaineSrGames.org (NSGA)
    • Special note: open to athletes 45 years or better but must be 50+ in 2018 to qualify for the 2019 National Senior Games

Maryland

Massachusetts

  •  Massachusetts Senior Games, maseniorgames.usetopscore.com (NSGA)
    • Summer games: May 21 – Sept. 23, various sports and locations
    • Winter games: Mar. 9, alpine skiing and snowboarding, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Princeton; Apr. 23, ice hockey, Worcester, MA
    • Special note: open to athletes 40 years or better but must be 50+ in 2018 to compete in 2019 National Senior Games

Michigan

  •  Michigan Senior Games, www.MichiganSeniorOlympics.org (NSGA)
    • Summer games: Aug. 11-20, greater Rochester area
    • 2018 Winter Games, Feb. 7-12, Ann Arbor and Troy, MI

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

  •  Montana Senior Olympics, www.MontanaSeniorOlympics.org (NSGA)
    • Summer games, June 15-17, Polson, Pablo and Ronan (north of Missoula)
    • Winter games, Feb. 18 for Nordic skiing and Mar. 31 – Apr. 2 for hockey, Bozeman, MT

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

  • New Hampshire Senior Games, July 31 – Sept. 5, various locations. www.NHMastersGames.org (NSGA)
    • Special note: open to athletes 40 years or better but must be 50+ in 2018 to compete in 2019 National Senior Games
    • Formerly known as New Hampshire Masters Games and Granite State Senior Games

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

  • North Carolina Senior Games, Sept. 18 – Oct. 29, various locations. www.NCSeniorGames.org (NSGA)
    • The state also has lists the numerous local senior games that invite qualifiers to compete in the fall senior games finals in Raleigh.
    • Special note: The North Carolina Senior Games is not open to out-of-state athletes. You must be a resident of North Carolina to participate.

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

  • Tennessee Senior Olympics, June 23-29.. Williamson County, TN. www.TNSeniorOlympics.com (NSGA)
    • Special note: The Tennessee Senior Olympics is not open to out-of-state athletes. You must be a resident of Tennessee or live within 30 miles from the state border to participate.

Texas

  •  Texas State Senior Games, Mar. 30 – Apr. 9. San Antonio, TX. www.TexasSeniorGames.org (NSGA)
    • Note: 2018 event set for Apr. 5-18

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

  •  Wyoming Senior Olympics. www.WYSeniorOlympics.com (NGSA)
    • Summer games, Aug. 3-5, Laramie, WY
    • Winter games, Feb. 17-19, Pinedale, WY

An Event for Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • National Veterans Golden Age Games, May 7-11, Biloxi, Mississippi. www.VeteransGoldenAgeGames.va.gov
    • The United States Veterans Administration produces this premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program, the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition  program designed to improve the quality of life for all older veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. If you served in the U.S. armed forces, then check this out!

 

Sources: National Senior Games Association, partner links on senior games’ websites, & Google search

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