|Aug. 26 is Registration Deadline for Second-Annual Kansas City Senior Games|
August 26 is the registration deadline for athletes interested in participating in the second annual Kansas City Senior Games. For 2005, the Games have expanded from three to five days of activities and have added five new events.
The local Games are presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's 50 Plus Department and will take place from Thursday, Sept. 15 through Monday Sept. 19 at locations throughout the Kansas City area.
"With the success during the inaugural year, we anticipate even more athletes will enjoy the camaraderie and competition," said 50 Plus Manager Carlene Todd.
Senior Games are Olympic-style competitions meant to promote health and wellness. New events for 2005 are: tennis doubles, race walking (coordinated by Heartland Race Walkers), bridge, softball (coordinated by Kansas City Metro Senior Softball), and swimming. These additions join returning events including: single and team bowling; billiards; golf; horseshoes; shuffleboard; tennis singles; and the 5 kilometer run.
The games will begin with a free Opening Ceremony at Shawnee Mission Park's Shelter 8 located on the southwest side of the lake. Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. This event will begin at 6 p.m. and will include the lighting of the torch to signal the start of the games. Athletes' families, as well as friends and the public, are invited to bring a picnic, lawn chairs, and their dancing shoes to help honor the athletes before the games begin.
Competitions will take place through the day Friday, Sept. 16, through Monday, Sept. 19, at locations ranging from Olathe to Independence. The entry fee for athletes varies depending on the event and includes a T-shirt. For more information about the Kansas City Senior Games, including a schedule, entry form, complete event rules, and a list of locations, visit the District's web site at www.jcprd.com or call (913) 236-1248. A $5 late registration fee will apply to registrations received after Aug. 26, if space is avaialable.
An event of this magnitude requires a lot of help, and volunteers are also needed. To learn more or to volunteer at one or more Kansas City Senior Games 2005 events, contact Chad Tower at (913) 236-1248.