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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Come Participate In Huntsman World Senior Games, Oct 6-18

The Huntsman World Senior Games is the largest annual multi-sport event in the world for athletes age 50 and over. The Games take place every October in St. George, Utah, and offer 28 different sports for athletes of all skill levels.

Older athletes from around the world will be in town next month for intense but friendly competitions. Registration is now closed for athletes for this year's games but there are many other ways to participate. Plan to be there and join the fun.

See the official website for details. The Games provided the tidbits below.

The HUNTSMAN WORLD SENIOR GAMES, as it is known today, began in 1987 as the World Senior Games, an international senior sports competition. Founded by Daisy and John H. Morgan, Jr., the Games began with their vision of an international sports event for men and women ages 55 and better. Both agreed that the golden years were better when good health and physical fitness became a way of life, not an occasional hobby.

In addition to athletic events, the Games promote health by providing life saving health screenings for cancer-breast and prostate. Screenings also detect other serious health threats--glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and decreased bone density. Volunteer medical and nursing students assist with the screenings and generous sponsors provide diagnostic equipment and services.

Band concerts, dances, and awards socials for each sport are also part of the package, bringing athletes and guests together in a social atmosphere where they share in, and congratulate each other for, their achievements. This important aspect of the Games emphasizes the celebration of success for all participants, whether or not they win a medal.

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