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Registration still open for next month’s Senior Games

December 30, 2018

LAUGHLIN — The Bullhead City/Laughlin Senior Games are back for a third straight year and registration is still open.

The opening ceremony for the games starts at 4 p.m. (Nevada time) on Jan. 13 at the Colorado Belle. The ceremony will serve as athlete check-in, with competition starting the next day.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to come brush up on your skills and meet people who enjoy the same activity,” said Kristen Williams, a recreation supervisor at Bullhead City. “Registration is still open and there are lots of games to choose from.”

Sports include swimming, pickleball, softball, 5K run, track and field, bowling, horseshoes, power lifting, golf, basketball skills, table tennis and corn hole, which is back due to popular demand. The 12 sports are played at recreation facilities throughout Arizona and Nevada.

Each event will have one gold, silver, and bronze medal up for grabs. However, some events are divided into categories based on skill and age. Medals will also be awarded to the winner of each event category.

Registration for the 2019 games is now open for any athlete 50 years and older. Fee entry for athletes is $30, with sports fees range from $5 to $55 depending on the activity. Softball team registration is $325, and the tournament counts as a Senior Softball-USA qualifier.

Athletes also receive hotel rates that start at $18 per night in Laughlin.

Anyone interested in competing in the 2019 Bullhead City/Laughlin Senior Games can go to www.senior

games.co to register. The latest anyone can sign up is Jan. 4.

Registration already has exceeded last year’s number of 900 participants, Williams said. The 2019 games are expected to draw in 1,000 to 1,500 competitors.

The games started in Laughlin in 2003 under the direction of the Clark County Parks and Recreation Department.

The schedule changed over the years — sometimes events were in the spring, other years in the fall or winter.

In 2016, Clark County ended its administration of the games. However, Bullhead City’s Recreation Division helped bring the games back in 2017.

It retuned stronger than ever. Since the partnership between the sister cities, the games have seen growth in participants each year.

“All prior participants have been invited to the games, and there is a billboard in Laughlin to help advertise,” Williams said. “The partnership is in-kind support from Laughlin to help bring tourism to both cities.”

For more information, call the recreation staff at 855-924-6882.

There also are opportunities still available for businesses to sponsor the games. If interested, contact Jackie Walker at 928-763-9500, ext. 246, or email her at jwalker@bullheadcity.com.

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