Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus announced on Thursday that the Orange County Senior Games will celebrate its 35th year with a variety of competitions, contests, museum tours and social activities for men and women ages 55 and older.
Presented by the Orange County Department of Parks and Office for the Aging, the Senior Games is one of the longest running programs of its kind in the nation. It will be held from August 29th to September 9th at various venues throughout the County.
“The Orange County Senior Games provide a wonderful opportunity for older adults to be active and have fun,” Neuhaus said. “We are proud to be celebrating the 35th anniversary of this wonderful event and will continue to reach out to our County’s older adults with resources to help them stay active and healthy.”
Lunch, breakfast and/or refreshments are included with most events. For some events, Olympic-style medallions (gold-silver-bronze) will be awarded to men and women winners in the following age categories: 55-59, 60-64, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84 and 85 and over. Each participant will receive a Senior Games t-shirt and there are door prizes and special giveaways available at all events. The registration fee is $10.
“We are delighted to join forces with the Senior Games committee and the Parks Department to host this event,” said AnnMarie Maglione, Orange County’s Director of the Office for the Aging. “We know that exercise and physical activity are good for your overall health. A little friendly competition is also fun and we look forward to another wonderful Senior Games.”
Longtime sponsor, ShopRite, provides food and refreshments for most events and staff from the store serve as volunteers. Other sponsors include the Senior Gazette, Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP, Highland Rehab and Nursing Center, Stage and Nathans LLP, Adams Fairacre Farms, Access Physical Therapy and Wellness, Orange Regional Medical Center, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Orange County Senior Council, Devon Management and the Bellvale Community.
To receive an application for the Senior Games, please visit the Orange County Parks website at orangecountynyparks.com or contact Tom Quinlisk at 457-4910 or TQuinlisk@orangecountygov.com. Please note that, due to the program’s popularity, early registration is suggested since some events have registration limitations. You can also view the Friends of Orange County, N.Y. Senior Games Facebook page at facebook.com/friendsofocseniorgames/.
2018 Senior Games Schedule
Aug. 29: Price is Right Contest, Vails Gate ShopRite
Sept. 4: Opening ceremonies/Games Day/One-mile walk, Thomas Bull Memorial Park
Sept. 5: 18-hole golf tournament, Stony Ford Golf Course; Bellvale Hikes, Bellvale Community
Sept. 6: Mini-golf tournament and batting cages contest, Route 94 Pitch-n-Putt; Bingo Tournament, Blooming Grove Senior Dining Site; Wheezers and Geezers four-mile race, Chadwick Lake Park
Sept. 7: Carl’s Zoo Tour, Bear Mountain Zoo; Storm King Art Center Tour, Storm King Art Center
Sept. 8: Trap shooting and archery, Monroe/Chester Sportsmen Club
Sept. 9: Closing ceremony/painting party/fine arts exhibition, New Windsor Community Center