Howard Hall of Frankfort loves competition and camaraderie, and he figures he’ll find both at the 2013 Kentucky Senior Games.
The Senior Games, hosted by the United Way of Franklin County, will take place Sept. 3-8 in Frankfort.
Hall, 92, estimates he’s participated in over 100 senior competitions at the local, regional, state and national level.
“It’s the camaraderie and getting to know people,” Hall said when asked what he likes best about competing.
“I like to win, but if I don’t win I make the other ones look good.”
The Kentucky Senior Games are a multi-sport medal competition for seniors ages 50 and over. Athletes’ ages are based on their age on Dec. 31, 2013, and awards are based on five-year age groups — 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99. Eighteen different sports competitions will be conducted over the six days.
“It’s for everyone,” Hall said. “No matter your physical capability you can usually find something, and it’s set up in age groups.
“You get to know people in your age groups. I look forward to competing against them. Sometimes I know I won’t win, but I can try.”
Events kick off Tuesday, Sept. 3 with men’s golf at Juniper Hill and women’s tennis at East Frankfort Park. Wednesday the women switch to golf at Juniper Hill and the men play tennis at East Frankfort Park.
Wednesday evening there will be a 1,500-meter cross country run at the Archives. Thursday morning swimming competitions will be held at the Kentucky State University pool, followed by shuffleboard at the Downtown YMCA at noon.
Thursday afternoon competition moves to the “Horseshoe Capital of the World” at the Millville Community Center. The final competition of the day will be the volleyball tournament at First United Methodist Church.
The Kentucky Senior Games “Friday Fun Day” features a number of competitions as well as a celebration of seniors centered around the Old Capitol.
The Church of the Ascension will be the site of the table tennis tournament. Pickleball, a rapidly growing sport that is similar to tennis with a whiffleball on a badminton court, will be held at the Downtown YMCA.
A competitive 5K power walk starting at the Old Capitol will take competitors across the pedway and along the River View trail to Buffalo Trace and back. At 6:30 the Senior Games 5K and United Way Kickoff 5K will be held on the same course.
Interspersed during the day will be a cornhole tournament and bocce tournament hosted by the Frankfort Rotary Club.
During the day a Senior Health Expo will be held on the Old Capitol grounds with various booths and activities such as Tai Chi, chair yoga, blood pressure checks, body fat analysis, vision screening, osteoporosis screening, along with healthy eating/cooking demonstrations in the Mobile Demonstration Kitchen, affiliated with Kentucky State University’s Div. of Food & Animal Sciences of the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems.
Saturday racquetball will be contested at the KSU courts and badminton at the Downtown YMCA. The new archery range at Cove Spring Park will host the archery competition, and multi-time national champion Charles May of Cloverport will be one of the featured archers.
The 3-on-3 basketball will take place at Frankfort High’s F.D. Wilkinson gym.
Track and field will be divided into two days. The throwing events — shot put, hammer throw and discus — will be held at Millenium Park in Danville Saturday afternoon followed by the javelin at Centre College.
Sunday afternoon the remainder of the track and field events (50, 100, 200, 400, 1,500, long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault) will be held along with the 1,500 racewalk and 5,000 racewalk at the Western Hills track.
At sunrise Sunday will be cycling time trials on McCracken Pike (Millville Road) starting at Harrod’s Concrete. Capital Bowl will be the site of the bowling competition Sunday afternoon.
The Games are designed for all seniors regardless of ability, and the United Way’s goal is to provide healthy opportunities for the community, in this case senior citizens.
More information is available at www.kentuckyseniorgames.com, including mail-in and online registration options. Those interested in volunteering can do so online at the above website or contact the United Way office at 502-875-1675 or email email@example.com.