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Senior Games to land in ABQ this summer

February 23, 2019

At left, Anthony Romero, associate director of senior affairs, listens to Director Anna Sanchez talk about the Senior Games coming to Albuquerque this summer. (Photo courtesy Louis Bledsoe)

The countdown is on for this summer’s Senior Games, to be held in Albuquerque for the first time.

“It took Albuquerque several years in order to be able to bring this competition to our community,” Anna Sanchez, the city’s director of senior affairs, told the Greater Albuquerque Innkeepers Association on Thursday. “All 50 states competed for this event. including foreign countries like Canada and Mexico, who had qualifiers as well.”

Sanchez said many of the participants in this year’s games, from June 14 to June 25, will be traveling with large entourages consisting of family members and others who will need food and lodging, all of which which will benefit the local economy.

Tania Armenta, president and CEO of Visit Albuquerque, has estimated the event would sell at least 20,000 hotel rooms around the city.

The games will involve over 10,000 athletes competing in 20 sports at 17 venues.

Donors include New Mexico Gas Co., University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center, Presbyterian Hospital, Wells Fargo and PNM.