by Terri Rylander, Executive Director, Mesquite Senior Games
Something magical is happening, and it happens every spring. No, not the budding leaves – it’s the Mesquite Senior Games! It’s that time of year when those age 50 and better try their hand at a variety of events for both body and mind, sometimes for the competition, but always for the personal satisfaction of challenging themselves, reaching new goals, and making lifelong friends.
The Mesquite Senior Games is now going on its seventeenth year, and is the second largest senior games in Nevada. Nearly 2,000 people participate in the games, many coming back year after year. Not only do they come back for the fun of the games, but because they enjoy Mesquite. The warm sunshine and generous hospitality can’t be beat.
For the second year in a row, Mesquite Gaming has partnered with Mesquite Senior Games as their title sponsor. “We are thrilled to, once again, serve as the title sponsor for the Mesquite Senior Games,” said Christian Adderson, Corporate Sales Manager for Mesquite Gaming. “This is a wonderful event that attracts seniors from across the country to revel in their competitive spirit while enjoying everything Mesquite has to offer, and we are proud to be part of it.”
This year we’ve added table tennis. There have been many requests for table tennis, and we now have a passionate event director, Mike Lewis, who stepped up to organize this new event. The event will be held at the Vistas Community Club near the Oasis Golf Course on Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m. There are two tables, and the format is a single’s tournament with self-scoring, although Mike will be available to assist.
All of the other favorite games are taking place again in 2018. These include basketball skills, bicycling, bocce ball, bowling, bridge, fitness hike, history tour, long drive, pickleball, poker, shotgun sports, softball, target pistol, tennis, and track and field. Although the games are for those aged 50 and better, younger athletes are welcome to participate in the history tour and free fitness hike.
The History Tour is a walking tour around the historic district in Mesquite. It is jointly led by Elspeth Kuta, keeper of the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum, and her expert tour guide who has spent her life in Mesquite. You’ll learn all about Mesquite’s past, including fun and personal stories about the characters who lived here.
Poker and shotgun sports were new events last year. Both have proven extremely popular. Poker is held at the Pioneer Center in Sun City, and is a fun but competitive event. Shotgun sports is held at the Oasis Gun Club behind the Palms Golf Course. There are three subevents that include skeet, trap, and sporting clays. We anticipate this event may sell out, so sign up early.
Bicycling is still a relatively new and growing event. Some may fear racing on a bicycle, but this is a safe event. The wide roads are completely blocked from traffic, riders go out every 30 seconds, and are given a finish time that places them in their age categories.
Registration opened on January 1, 2018, and sign-ups are already coming in. Participants are advised to check their desired event on the website. Brochures were mailed in early January and are also available in various locations around town. Mesquite Senior Games offers both online and mail-in registration. Both are accessible at www.mesquiteseniorgames.org. The online registration site makes it quick and easy to sign up. There are also two registration forms in the brochure.
See you at the games!