This year's York County Senior Games will feature a week's worth of activities for residents age 50 and up.
Last year's games ran Monday through Saturday and featured 47 events. This year, 48 events will take place from Sunday, June 22, through Saturday, June 28.
And after requests from participants, the games will once again include a fan favorite, said Jenny Nace, spokeswoman for the Area Agency on Aging, which organizes the event.
"This year, we are actually bringing back doubles bowling," she said.
But because of availability issues at Central York High School, the 13th annual games will be pushed back a week, Nace said.
"We had to kind of improvise a little bit because of weather from the past winter," she said.
Fun and fellowship: More than 500 seniors participated in last year's games, and the agency expects more than 600 this year, Nace said.
This year's events will include the third year of the triathlon, as well as bocce, mini golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, basketball hot shots, poker and Wii bowling.
The games began in 2002 as a one-day program featuring about 170 athletes and 20 events. The event's growth shows how more and more people are becoming involved as they learn of the games, Nace said.
"Actually, it's pretty amazing," she said.
The fun-filled week underlines fellowship, as participants return each year and see familiar faces, Nace said.
"It's kind of a reunion of sorts," she said. "It's a great week."
Get in the games: The games are funded entirely by corporate sponsors, private donations and participant entry fees, and registration is now open.
Until May 31, there is a $12 registration fee for an unlimited number of events. The fee will then increase to $15 for all registrations made until the events take place.
Some events have limited openings, so Nace encourages participants to register as early as possible.
Registration booklets are available at gyms, senior centers and businesses around the county. They are also available by contacting the agency at 717-771-9001 or online at www.ycaaa.org on the forms and documents page.
More than 200 volunteers helped out at last year's games, and Nace anticipates that the same number will be needed this year.
"We're always appreciative of our volunteers and can always use more," Nace said.
To learn more about volunteering, call the agency or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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