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Senior Games Back in Ashland

September 9, 2008 08:54 PM

Senior games return to area

By MIKE JAMES - The Independent

ASHLAND The Kentucky Senior Games is returning to Ashland for a second year with hundreds more participants than in 2007.

The games will kick off a five-day run Sept. 17, said city recreation director Sean Murray.

Modeled after the Olympics, the event is a series of athletic contests for athletes 50 and older. Athletes will compete in track and field, softball, archery, badminton, cycling, swimming and other events.

Venues for the games include Central Park, the YMCA and Ashland Tennis Center.

This year, athletes will compete to qualify for the national games in 2009 in San Francisco. Competitors who earn medals or meet proficiency standards will be eligible to move up to the national games, Murray said.

Last year’s games, in a non-qualifying year, drew 338 athletes, while so far this year 547 have signed up, he said.

Each participant may compete in as many as 10 events.

Murray expects a high level of competition. “Last year I was very impressed by the level of competition and I only expect it to be better with the number of participants we have.”

What the event still needs is volunteers, he said. Track and field events especially need workers to block streets, man registration tables, keep score and other duties.

To volunteer, call his office at (606) 327-2046.

Registration forms can be found at the Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site, or the city’s Web site,

MIKE JAMES can be reached at or (606) 326-2652.