More than 1,200 athletes are now registered for the 10th Annual Bay Area Senior Games, which will run from April 30-June 4 at venues in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
The Bay Area Senior Games, originated in 2006 as test events for the 2009 Summer National Senior Games, held at Stanford, are for athletes -- men and women, age 50 and older.
"We are delighted to be able to celebrate the tradition of the Bay Area Senior Games -- now in our 10th year - our Tenth Anniversary. These men and women are shining examples of the benefits of an active, competitive lifestyle that embraces vitality," explained Anne Warner Cribbs, 1960 Olympian, chair of the California Senior Games Association and chair of the 2016 Bay Area Senior Games.
The Games will feature 19 competitions including: archery, badminton, basketball, cycling, feats of strength, golf, pickleball, race walk, racquetball, road (running) race, rugby, soccer, swimming, table tennis, track & field, triathlon, volleyball and water polo.
Water polo and Soccer were demonstration sports at the 2009 National Senior Games and, due to their popularity, are now a permanent part of the Bay Area Senior Games. A Bay Area Senior Games Golf Tournament will be played at Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View on May 13.
The core of the 2016 Bay Area Senior Games will be centered at the world-class athletic facilities at Stanford University --swimming, soccer, water polo and rugby.
The remainder of the sports are spread throughout the Bay Area: archery (Black Mountain Bowman Range, San Jose), badminton (Fremont), basketball (Palo Alto), cycling (Ft. Ord, Monterey County), feats of strength (Castro Valley), golf (Mountain
View), pickleball (Palo Alto), racquetball (Palo Alto Elks Club), table tennis (ICC Community Center, Milpitas), track & field (College of San Mateo, San Mateo), triathlon (Redwood Shores) and volleyball (Palo Alto).
Three highlights of the Games this year include:
* 40 soccer teams registered to date, with seven teams of 70 and older players - some coming from Los Angeles and Palm Desert to play.
* 15 water polo Teams, five women's teams and 10 men's team - who look forward to the tournament each year.
* A two-day cycling event - (course is closed to cars) - both 5K and 10K time trials, and 20K and 40K Road races, at beautiful Ft. Ord.
In 2016, six regional Senior Games competitions take place around the state. Sites for regional Senior Games include San Diego, Palm Desert, Pasadena, San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma, Visalia and San Bernardino. A complete list with contact information for all the Senior Games in California may be found at www.californiaseniorgames.org
The State Championships will be held in Pasadena.
The Bay Area Senior Games are conducted under the auspices of the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC). The Bay Area Senior Games were held in 2006, 2007 and 2008 as "test events" for the 2009 Summer National Senior Games and in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, continuing the tradition as a "legacy" event.
Online registration for the 2016 Bay Area Senior Games is open for a few more days at Entry blanks are available by calling 650.323.9400 or to download at www.bayareaseniorgames.org. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up at www.bayareaseniorgames.org
Especially welcome are high school and college students who are completing their community service requirements.