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Join in Winter 2018 Reno-Tahoe Senior Games
by Donna Clontz

 

Donna Clontz
Donna Clontz

Anyone 50 and older can sign up now for the 2018 Reno-Tahoe Senior Winter Games, a program dedicated to promoting and implementing fitness in our community.

The Games start on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 with a free Opening Games Social at the Toll Brothers Regency Clubhouse and conclude on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 with the Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance event at the Eldorado Resort Casino.

Racing on Mt. Rose

Registration is available through January 22, 2018 by mail; or by January 30, 2018 via in person drop-off or online at Reno.gov/ SeniorGames.

Competitors can participate in archery, basketball skills, beanbag baseball, billiards, bowling, card games, climbing wall, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, escape rooms, fitness events, fly-casting, go-kart racing, ice hockey and ice skating, obstacle course, downhill snowboard and ski racing, pickleball, shuffleboard and table tennis. There will be opportunities to compete individually, with a partner or as part of a team. Competitors will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals according to gender, age and ability.

skier

Additionally, groups or organizations can compete in the Senior Games, much like a country in the real Olympics. Up to ten people register as a team and compete as individuals in whatever games they choose and the medals they win are totaled up at the end of the games. The teams that win the most medals also win a first, second or third place trophy for their team. The Reno Senior Citizen Advisory Committee has taken first place in the team competition for several years and invite other groups to get in the mix this year! Each team member must be registered in at least one sport—the more, the better!

“We’re excited to add some new events and new venues to the Games this year,” stated Taryn Anderson, the Reno Senior Services Coordinator. “This year, we’re skiing at Sky Tavern, holding some mind bending escape room group events at Breakthrough Reno and Puzzle Room Reno. We also have an indoor climbing wall at Mesa Rim Climbing Center and Fitness/Weight lifting at Double Diamond Athletic Club.”


“You don’t have to be an expert to compete, just come out and give it a try,” remarked Norm Howard, a longtime Senior Games competitor. “Most events are age bracketed in 5year increments for men and women, and it gives lots of seniors a chance to win a gold, silver or bronze medal. You’ll be surprised at how much fun it is and how well you will do.”

racket ball

The registration fee is $30 per person, plus an additional $10$ 20 per sport fee. The registration fee includes a Winter Games Tshirt, pin and a ticket to the Valentine’s Day Dinner/Dance and Closing Ceremony. This year the Valentine’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held at the Eldorado Casino on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Additional Dinner/Dance tickets for competitor guests and the public ($30) are also available.

card game

The Reno-Tahoe Senior Winter Games are organized by the City of Reno’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department’s Senior Services Division and supported by these generous sponsors who help keep the costs low for all seniors:

For more information, including a schedule of events, visit Reno.gov/SeniorGames or call 775-657-4602. Prospective participants can also send an email to SeniorServices@Reno.gov to sign up for email updates. To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #Never2Old4Gold.