For Immediate Release
Date: May 16, 2012
Contact: Patty Rearden
Final Registration Date is May 25, 2012
Montana Senior Olympics, June 7-9
Presented by Benefis Health Systems, the Montana Senior Olympics will be held in Great Falls, Montana June 7-9, 2012.
Mark the date, and plan now to participate. Not a senior? You may still be eligible! The games are open to individuals 50 years of age and over. Sports include Archery, Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Field and Track, Golf, Horseshoes, Racewalk, Racquetball, Road Race, Swimming, Table Tennis, and Tennis, and include several events within each sport.
Registration booklets are available at the Park and Recreation Office, 1700 River Drive No.; the Community Recreation Center, 801 2nd Ave. No.; Natatorium Swimming Pool, 111 12th St. No.; Peak Health and Wellness Center, 1800 Benefis Court; or by calling Kay Newman at 406-586-5543. Register by May 21 and save!
The registration fee is $10 through May 21, plus any applicable event and facility fees. The registration fee increases to $20 May 22 – 25. Registration will be accepted until May 25 (forms postmarked by May 25 will also be accepted). The games are open to ages 50 and older with no residency requirement.
The 2012 games in Great Falls are a qualifier for the National Senior Games to be held in Cleveland Ohio, July 21 – August 5, 2013. More information on the National Games can be found at:, www.nsga.com.
One of the highlights of the Montana State Senior Olympics will be the Alive@Five event, Thursday, June 7, 5:00-9:00 p.m. in Whittier Park. This will be a large community-wide event, and the evening will include live music by the 49th Street Blues Project, food, drink, games, and a festive atmosphere to kick off the games. A large area will be set up for athletes and their guests, with tables and chairs, providing the opportunity to socialize with fellow participants. All athletes will be provided with $10 in tokens to buy food and drink, courtesy of the Great Falls Montana Senior Olympics Committee and Benefis Health System. The event is FREE! Those that attended the event last year had a fantastic time and what a great way to start your weekend and the Montana Senior Olympics!
The 5k road race will kick off at 6:00 p.m. on River Drive near the Civic Center; providing an opportunity for those athletes to participate in the games and the party.
The Awards Banquet will be Friday, June 8th at the Holiday Inn and will include live music by Nicole VanCleave, great food, fun activities, and presentation of the Athlete of the Year Award. It’s also a great time to mingle with athletes, sponsors and commissioners.
These games are possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. Sponsors include: Benefis Health System, Kalispell Regional Medical Center, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, New West Health Services, Missouri River Care & Rehab, First Interstate Bank, Wendt, Holiday Inn, Humana, Big Sky Wind Drinkers, Max Media of Montana, Pepsi, Great Falls Park and Recreation, North Central Montana RSVP, Peak Health & Wellness Center.
Follow us on Facebook at MT Senior Olympics Great Falls, and check out the Montana Senior Olympics web site at www.montanaseniorolympics.org. Questions can be directed to Kay Newman, 406-586-5543, kayjn [at] imt [dot] net, or the Park and Recreation office, 406-771-1265.