August 10 marked the kickoff of the 3rd annual Oregon Senior Games events taking place in Corvallis. This is the third summer in a row that Corvallis has played host to athletes ages 50 and older who compete in this Olympic-style sporting event. The events kicked off early Thursday morning with a pickleball tournament hosted at Linn Benton Community College. The pickleball event draws close to 300 of the 700+ total athletes who will come out to compete for top places in their age groups of 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, etc.
Other sports that took place over the weekend included archery, bowling, golf, power walk, race walk, racquetball, table tennis, and the ever-popular track and field. It’s no surprise that track and field is the second largest event with over 100 athletes competing in sprints and throwing events. Plus, the athletes love the chance to show off their skills at a Division I facility at Oregon State University.
“It’s inspiring to see older adults who stay competitive and active throughout their entire lives compete in these events,” says, Morgan Baker, State Coordinator of the Oregon Senior Games. “Seeing them in action makes me want to take better care of myself and stay more active. And when I’m finally old enough to compete, I’ll be ready!”
The Games are open to athletes of all skill levels who will be at least 50 years old by December 31, 2023, who wish to compete in any of the sports offered. You can feel the camaraderie and support that the athletes give each other throughout the event, which can’t help but bring a smile to your face.
Feeling like you missed out? There are still more events taking place August 17-20! Spectating is free and welcome at the remaining events. Disc golf, softball, swimming, and tennis will be taking place this weekend at various locations around Corvallis. If you want to get in on more action, check to see if any volunteer slots are still available by visiting OregonSeniorGames.com.
For any questions or to be added to the contact list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about specific sports or the National Senior Games can also be found at OregonSeniorGames.com and Facebook.com/OregonSeniorGames.