Let the games begin

Kentucky Senior Games kick off Saturday with archery

Special to The State Journal Published:

The Kentucky Senior Games, a multi-sport medal competition for people ages 50 and over, will take place in Frankfort Saturday and Sept. 2-7.
The archery competition will be Saturday at Cove Spring Park, and the other 21 sports will be contested Sept. 2-7.
The United Way of Franklin County hosts the Kentucky Senior Games.
This year’s games are a qualifying competition for the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis.
The Kentucky Senior Games are designed for all seniors regardless of ability. 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 and 95-99.
Sports to be contested include archery, badminton, 3-on-3 basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, race walk, road race, racquetball, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, track and field and volleyball.
Also, friendly competitions in cornhole, cross country, bocce and power walking will be held.
All six competitions on Friday, Sept. 5, will be concentrated in downtown Frankfort, and on the same day the United Way will host Senior Fun Day, a celebration of health and wellness at the Old Capitol beginning at 10 a.m.
The Games are hosting two team competitions. The first is the Corporate Cup Challenge, where companies can get their employees ages 50 and older to compete in the games. Companies will be awarded points for places versus other companies’ participants.
The second is the Senior Center Challenge, where senior centers from across the state can compete against each other in the Corporate Cup Challenge format.
Athletes from across Kentucky as well as at least 25 states will be taking part in the Senior Games. Competing in archery will be 2013 National Senior Games Association national champion Charles May of Cloverport, and in cycling 2013 NSGA national champion Bena Halecky of Lexington will compete.
More information and online registration is available at http://kentuckyseniorgames.com. Those interested in volunteering can do so online at the above website or contact the United Way office at 502-875-1676 or uwadmin@fewpb.net.

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