Senior citizens are invited to test their skills in the Senior Citizens Summer Olympics, slated to be held next week in conjunction with Hopkins County Dairy Festival.
Among the events to be held will be a one kilometer race, horse shoes, bean bag toss, Nerf javelin throw, washer pitching, assisted walk race, unassisted walk/race, scooter race and wheelchair race.
"Please don't think that you can't do the Olympics. It is fun stuff like bean bag toss, pitching washers, throwing a Nerf javelin and pitching horse shoes. We will also have some races for you to participate in: 1k race, wheelchair race, scooter race, assisted walk race and unassisted walk race," said Karon Weatherman, event coordinator.
The Senior Citizens Olympics will begin Thursday, June 19, with the 1K race at 8 a.m. All other games will start at 9 a.m., all in the Church of the Nazarene gym. All are encouraged to enter as many events as they want or feel up to participating. Medals will be awarded to the winners.
"Everyone will be signed up in their own age category — 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 and up and also a category for people on walkers, canes or in wheelchairs. Everything is on a point system," Weatherman explained. "There will be first, second and third place for each age category in each event. The medals you will win are Olympic like medals with red white and blue ribbons. There will also be a 1K where you can win a first, second or third place trophy."
Thanks to several sponsors, the first 160 seniors to sign up will receive a free Olympic T-shirt to wear; drinks and snacks will also be provided. Those who have already registered can drop by the Senior Citizens Center to pick up their t-shirt; those who sign up from now until the event will be given their t-shirt when they sign up, until they run out.
"Everything is free to you. Just show up and have some fun," Weatherman said.
To register for the Senior Citizens Summer Olympics, stop by the Senior Citizens Center, 150 Martin Luther King Drive and fill out an entry form. For more information about the event, call Karon Weatherman, event coordinator, at 903-885-1661.
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