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Posted July 14, 2017 | 3:56 PM

Age No Barrier for These Athletes

Registration is Now Open for 2017 Senior Games

Look! On the pickleball court, in front of the dart board, at the weight bench - it's a bird, it's a plane! No, it's a super senior! Able to lift plates of steel, fling darts with precision, and swim great lengths, seniors across the Tampa Bay region are getting in touch with their inner superhero in preparation for the 37th Annual Tampa Bay Senior Games.

Register Now!

Even if your alter ego isn't super-fit or super-athletic, you can stretch to new limits and leap to new heights during the fun and friendly competition.

Senior Games is three weeks of competition ranging from a baking contest, hobby show, and talent showcase on opening day to the more physically demanding activities of tennis, golf, and bowling. Other options include horseshoes, darts, billiards, bag toss, and shuffleboard, with a total of more than 40 sports and recreational events. Some events serve as qualifiers for the Florida Senior Games.

"It's a lot of fun, and you don't have to be an athlete," stated Mary May Glass, a six-year Senior Games veteran.

Pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports in the country according to the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), is a favorite among senior games participants.

Feeling lucky? Try a roll of the dice at a Bunco table, a first for Senior Games this year.
Socialization is a big part of Senior Games.

"I've met a lot of nice friends. It's not about winning or losing; it's about good friends and having fun," said Mary May who, at 78, competes in darts, bowling, shuffleboard, and horseshoes, among a long list of other events.

Registration is now open for contestants who will be at least 50 by the end of 2017. The games take place Oct. 2-20 throughout the Tampa Bay area.

If you're still feeling hesitant, listen to Mary May who says, "It's not intimidating at all. We encourage each other."

The senior games are hosted by Hillsborough County in partnership with Friends of the County Parks, City of Tampa, and City of Temple Terrace. The games typically draw more than 600 entrants.