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2018 Senior Games & Senior Olympics in the U.S.

top five women in their age group at 2017 Huntsman World Senior Games 5K Time Trial cycling race. Photo by Bonnie Parrish-Kell

Top five women in their age group at 2017 Huntsman World Senior Games 5K Time Trial cycling race. Photo by Bonnie Parrish-Kell

Multi-sport events called “senior games” or “senior Olympics” blend the thrill of sports and games competition with warm fellowship and friendships for people age 50 or better. Don’t worry whether your fast or slow, if you haven’t competed in years (or ever!), or if you’re “good enough.” The focus is on fun and doing the best *you* can!

Race to Qualify for the 2019 National Senior Games

Across the U.S., senior games organizers offer a variety of sports and games events from archery and bridge to volleyball and poker. Others offer less common sports such as triathlon and unique competitions such as Cowboy Action Shoot!

With consistency in training and a bit of luck in your chosen sport at a state “qualifying” competition, you could qualify for the 2019 National Senior Games to be held June 14-25 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Check out the entire list of sports at nsga.com/sports.

The majority of state and local senior games welcome out-of-state athletes. Some are open to younger athletes 35 through 49 years of age (though qualification for the biennial National Senior Games is for athletes age 50 and over).  A few may require prior qualification, meaning the senior athlete must meet certain criteria in order to compete.

Below is a list of seniors-only, Olympic-style multi-sport competitions. Use this information to inspire you to start or renew your journey to improved fitness o sports ability. Make 2018 the year to go beyond your perceived limits. Reach for the stars…and make new friends along the way!

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: This year is your chance to qualify for next year’s National Senior Games. It’s never too late to get started!
  • 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. Dates and other info will be updated as they become available.

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!

Original publication date: Jan. 7, 2018
Updated: April 24, 2018

State & Local Senior Games

Alabama

  • Alabama Senior Olympics, Mar. 24 – June 9. Greater Birmingham area, AL. ALSeniorOlympics.org. (NSGA) <– UPDATED!

Alaska

  •  Alaska International Senior Games, Aug. 10-19. Fairbanks, AK. www.AlaskaISG.org (NSGA)

Arizona

Arkansas

  • Arkansas Senior Olympics, Mar. 15-18, basketball; Sept. 19-21, tennis; all other sports, TBD (late Sept.) . Hot Springs, AR. www.SRSports.org (NSGA) <– UPDATED!

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:
  • California Encore Games, Fall, dates TBD. EncoreGames.org
    • Athletes will have a “second chance” to qualify in their sport for the 2019 National Senior Games.

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

  • Hawaii Senior Olympics, dates TBD. Honolulu, HI. Go to Hawaii’s NSGA page. (NSGA)
    • It appears that the event may be defunct, though a “Hawaii Senior Games Pickleball Championships” event was held Mar. 2 via a MeetUp.com posting (as of Mar. 28)

Idaho

Illinois

  • Illinois Senior Olympics, July 28 – Oct. 18, Springfield, IL. www.ilsenoly.org (NSGA)

Indiana

  • Indiana State Games (formerly Indiana Senior Games). May 17-25 in Evansville. June 4, golf; June 23, triathlon; Aug. 4, 10K road race; Sept. 8, volleyball; Sept. 9, archery. www.IndianaStateGames.org (NSGA)

Iowa

Kansas

  • Kansas Senior Games, Sept. 14-23. Topeka, KS. The Kansas Senior Games website has moved to a page on SunflowerGames.com (NSGA)
    • Note: The Sunflower Games is a multisport festival for Kansas-based amateur athletes of all ages

Kentucky

Louisiana

  •  Louisiana Senior Olympic Games, various locations in Jefferson Parish. June 9-10, pickleball, Aug. 25, volleyball, Sept. 8 – Nov. 8, various sports. www.lsog1.net (NSGA) <– UPDATE!
    • Dates TBD for badminton, cycling, golf, 5K & 10K run and race walk, shooting, tennis, & weightlifting (as of 3/28/2018)

Maine

  •  Maine Senior Games, various dates between June 1 – Oct. 14. 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

  •  Maryland Senior Olympics, various dates between Apr. 4 – Oct. 1. Greater Baltimore area, MD. www.MDSeniorOlympics.org (NSGA)

Massachusetts

  •  Massachusetts Senior Games, www.MASeniorGames.org (NSGA)
    • Summer games: May 20 – Nov. 3, various dates, sports, and locations
    • Winter games: Mar. 3, Nordic skiing; Mar. 7 alsping skiing; Apr. 22, men’s ice hockey
    • 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. 10 – Sept. 8, greater Rochester area
    • 2018 Winter Games, Jan. 14 – Feb. 18; Apr. 20-22, women’s ice hockey. Various locations

Minnesota

Mississippi

  •  Mississippi Senior Olympics, Apr. 4 – May 26. Clinton, MS. www.MSSeniorOlym.org (NSGA) <– UPDATE!
    • Dates set for all sports (as of 3/28/2018)

Missouri

Montana

  •  Montana Senior Olympics, new website at http://montana.fusesport.com (NSGA)
    • Summer Games, June 14-16, Polson, Pablo and Ronan (north of Missoula)
    • No plans for Nordic Skiing (Winter Games) for 2018

Nebraska

Nevada

  • Nevada Senior Games, Sept. 14 – Oct. 14, Las Vegas, NV. NevadaSeniorGames.com (NSGA) <– Web address update!
    • Mar. 8-10, men’s basketball in Henderson, NV
    • Apr. 5-8, men’s softball in Mesquite, NV
    • Apr. 7-8, women’s softball in Mesquite, NV
    • Apr. 21-22, volleyball in Henderson, NV
    • Sept. 22, triathlon at Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  • Other local senior games:
    • Bullhead City/Laughlin Senior Games, Jan. 14-20. www.SeniorGames.co
      • Bullhead City, Arizona, and Laughlin, Nevada are on the Colorado River.
    • Elko Senior Games, July 25-29, Elko, NV. Go to Elko Senior Games website <– NEW LISTING!
      • Archery, June 2-4
    • Henderson Senior Games, April 6-28. Henderson, NV. Go to the City of Henderson’s 2018 Senior Games page
    • Mesquite Senior Games, Feb. 28 – Apr. 20, Mesquite, NV. www.MesquiteSeniorGames.org
      • CAN/AM men’s softball Oct. 5-16
      • Winter Classic men’s softball Nov. 2 – Dec. 2
    • Reno-Tahoe Senior Games, greater Reno area, NV. Reno.gov/SeniorGames
      • Winter games, Jan. 30 – Feb. 14
      • Summer games, Aug. 17 – Sept. 1 <– UPDATE!

New Hampshire

  • New Hampshire Senior Games, June 29 – Sept. 3, various locations. www.NHSeniorGames.org (NSGA) <– UPDATE!
    • 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 Jersey Senior Olympics, dates TBD. Various locations. www.NJSeniorOlympics.com (NSGA) <– No Dates Yet
    • Dates still TBD as of Mar. 28

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

  • North Carolina Senior Games, Sept. 17-24, other sports’ dates in Oct., 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: Only state residents may participate in the games.

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

  • Tennessee Senior Olympics, June 22-28. Williamson County, TN. www.TNSeniorOlympics.com (NSGA)
    • Special note: Only state residents or those who live within 30 miles from the state border can participate.

Texas

  •  Texas State Senior Games, Apr. 5-15, with women’s basketball Jan. 19-20. San Antonio, TX.  www.TexasSeniorGames.org (NSGA)

Utah

Vermont

  • Vermont Senior Games, Apr. 7 – Oct. 6, various locations. www.VermontSeniorGames.org (NSGA) <– UPDATE!
    • Dates TBD for golf and table tennis as of Mar. 28

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

  •  Wisconsin Senior Olympics, Aug. 7 – Sept. 15. Various cities, WI. www.WISeniorOlympics.com (NSGA) <– UPDATE & New Web link!

Wyoming

  •  Wyoming Senior Olympics. www.WYSeniorOlympics.com (NGSA)
    • Summer games, Aug. 2-4, Laramie, WY
    • Winter games, Feb. 8-10, Pinedale, WY

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

  • National Veterans Golden Age Games, Aug. 3-8, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    • 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, senior games’ websites, & Google search

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About Bonnie Parrish-Kell

Diva-in-Chief and Publisher of Slowpoke Divas who always feels better after a good workout or race...no matter how sore she may become. Tweet me @bparrishkell

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