The Bucks Senior Games concluded Monday morning as older adults competed at the Thunderbird Lanes in Warminster. This round of bowling ties off a full week of friendly sports and competitions at several locations through the county.
Now in their 37th year, the Senior Games offer people in their later years an opportunity to face off with their peers. To make things interesting, there are different brackets based on age.
Area Agency on Aging Administrator Bill McTigue joined the Galzerano Funeral Home Show Monday morning on WBCB 1490. As McTigue explained, the Senior Games are designed to get older adults to interact with each other while being physically fit.
“We had just had the track and field event this past Saturday. There were people who were literally in their early 90’s down to their 50’s running around the track,” McTigue said excitedly. “They were doing sprints, some of them did shot put and discus, and long jump. They are pretty amazing.”
Golf, Bocce, and table tennis offered a chance for competitors to show off their athleticism. Some other events on the docket included darts, trivia, and even Zumba at the Fairless Hills YMCA.
An award ceremony luncheon to congratulate the athletes will take place at Bucks County Community College Thursday. The small attendance fee must be prepaid, and registration forms are available on pages 9 and 10 of the Senior Games brochure.
“It will be a celebration of the games, and a celebration of one another,” McTigue explained of the luncheon. “A lot of times, the people from the Senior Games don’t see each other from one year to the next. But when they do see each other they pick up acquaintances from where they left off last year so that’s really what it is all about.”
WBCB’s Kayla Santiago contributed to this post.