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Visalia Senior Games Returns to Central Valley!

VISALIA SENIOR GAMES RETURNS TO CENTRAL VALLEY
14 Sporting Events Scheduled to Bring Hundreds to Visalia
 
The 2019 Visalia Senior Games, the Central Valley’s only Senior Games, are returning to Visalia on March 23rd – 24th and 30th – 31st.
 
Senior Games is an Olympic-style event for adults ages 50 and better (ages on December 31, 2019). The inaugural event was held in October 2015, attracting 237 athletes from 50 California cities and also included some traveling from as far as Oregon and Texas. The event has continued to grow, as the 2018 event saw a total of 520 athletes representing a total of 93 California Cities. Event organizers with the City of Visalia Parks & Recreation Department expect the number to increase this year as well.
 
“We’re excited to host the 2019 Visalia Senior Games and with the addition of a few new events, we are expecting to see hundreds of athletes from this region as well as throughout the state and even from additional states,” said Jeannie Greenwood, City of Visalia Parks and Recreation Director.
 
The 2019 games have a full list of events slated over the two weekends, which bring back such favorites as: Archery; Bowling; Disc Golf; Golf; Horseshoes; Pickleball; a 5k & 10k Run; 1500M Run, Softball; Swimming; Table Tennis; Track & Field and Trap Shoot. New to the games this year will be Men’s & Women’s Basketball and the 5k/10k Cycling time trial. Event coordinators have partnered with the Southern Sierra Cyclists to bring this exciting road course to the upcoming games and are looking forward to an exhilarating race through the Yokohl Valley area.
 
There will be two main social events at the 2019 Senior Games. The I Love the 80’s Game Night social will be held at the Anthony Community Center (345 N. Jacob St.) on March 23rd from 4 pm to 9 pm. This event is free to attend and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests can sign-up for the Dart or Texas Hold’Em Tournament for just $5 per event. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each event.

The Party in the Park Social at Plaza Park (off of Hwy 198 & Plaza Dr.) is scheduled for Saturday, March 30th from 4 pm to 7 pm.  This event will include food, live music from the Dirty Poppas, dancing and drinks as well as a cornhole tournament. Tickets are $10 per person for dinner or $15 per person for dinner and entry into the cornhole tournament. 

Registration is now open, and those interested in competing in the Senior Games can register one of two ways; in person at the Anthony Community Center (345 N. Jacob Street) or online at www.visaliaseniorgames.com. March 14th is the deadline for most events, however, some events allow registration through check-in on the day of the event as space allows. 

“We look forward to bringing businesses together with our athletes as this is a great opportunity for local businesses to connect with a large captive audience,” Greenwood added. Visalia Senior Games is presented by the Visaila Parks & Recreation Department and Kaweah Delta.  Additional sponsors include American Ambulance, Southern Sierra Cyclists, Jostens, Exeter Disctrict Ambulance and the County of Tulare. 

For information on events, registration or sponsorship, contact the Visalia Parks and Recreation Department at (559) 713-4395, email recreation@visalia.city or visit www.visailaseniorgames.com. 

( CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS )

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