The world’s largest sporting event is held right here in little old St. George, UT. Every October for a period of two weeks, the locals step aside to allow nearly 11,000 senior athletes to take over the golf courses, tennis and pickleball courts and almost every other sporting venue in the community, as well as our restaurants, movie theaters and public thoroughfares. This year, from October 5 to 17, senior men and women (over age 50) from all over the world will converge on this corner of southern Utah to test their skills in more than 40 sporting events, also including track and field, swimming, bridge, volleyball, basketball, cowboy action shooting, mountain biking, running, horseshoes, bowling, badminton, archery, softball and many others.
Headquartered in Southern Utah, and managed by a small paid staff and more than 2500 volunteers, the HUNTSMAN WORLD SENIOR GAMES has since 1987, become a world-renowned event among serious athletes from Japan to Russia and from Alaska to Australia. Scores of countries have participated in the GAMES, where peace among nations is fostered through friendly competition.
In addition to athletic events, the Games promote health by providing life saving health screenings for such serious health issues as cancer-breast and prostate, 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.
To be sure there is “fun, lots of fun” included in this outstanding event, there are also concerts, dances, and awards socials for each sport, bringing athletes and guests together in a social atmosphere where they share in, and congratulate each other, for their achievements, whether or not they win a medal.
If you are coming to St. George for the games … or for any other reason during the first three weeks in October, be sure to plan waaaaaay ahead because every motel room from Cedar City to Mesquite, NV is likely to be filled with those eager to compete. So, register today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for your room with a view at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.