Out-of-State Athletes Invited to Compete in 2018 New Mexico Senior Olympics State Summer Games

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An event partner of Visit Albuquerque, the 2018 NMSO State Summer Games will take place in ABQ from July 18-22

Out-of-State Athletes Invited to Compete in 2018 New Mexico Senior Olympics State Summer Games

Out-of-State Athletes Invited to Compete in 2018 New Mexico Senior Olympics State Summer Games

New Mexico Senior Olympics is encouraging all out-of-state athletes who are 50 years old or older to compete in this year’s State Summer Games, July 18-22. Out-of-state athletes may only register for the 18 sports that count as qualifiers for the 2019 National Senior Games. Qualifiers include the most popular sports, such as archery, cycling, golf, horseshoes, swimming and tennis.

Registration for the State Summer Games is open until May 31, 2018. Fees for out-of-state athletes are $75 and includes up to five sports. Fees for in-state athletes are $60 and include up to five sports. On June 8, late registration begins, however late registration entails an additional fee of $15. Athletes can enter a maximum of five sports but can participate in an unlimited number of events within each sport. Competitions for the State Summer Games are located in venues across Albuquerque, including Balloon Fiesta Park, the University of New Mexico South Campus Track and the UNM Natatorium.

Out-of-state athletes are encouraged to register early because athletes need to qualify in 2018’s State Summer Games in order to participate in the 2019 National Senior Games to be held next year in Albuquerque. The National Senior Games are among the largest events in the United States for athletes over 50. Next year is the first time in the National Senior Games’ 31-year history that a national competition has ever been held in New Mexico. Organizers are expecting approximately 10,500 athletes from across the country to attend the National Senior Games, plus an additional 15,000 fans and family members. The National Senior Games will be held at venues around Albuquerque from June 14-25, 2019.

The New Mexico Senior Olympics State Summer Games is an annual 24-sport competition for men and women 50+ and is the largest multi-sport competition in New Mexico for active seniors. Cecilia Acosta, executive director of NMSO, said three new sports have been added for the 2018 State Summer Games, including the Hammer Throw, Powerwalk and Triathlon. These new sports are also offered at the National Senior Games.

About New Mexico Senior Olympics, Inc.
The New Mexico Senior Olympics is dedicated to providing adults 50+ with opportunities for a healthy active lifestyle. Its mission is to promote physical fitness for seniors throughout New Mexico and provide year-round motivation for adults 50+ to participate in local, state, and national games. New Mexico Senior Olympics, Inc. is funded in part by the New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services Department for health promotion activities. The 2018 State Summer Games are also sponsored in part by the City of Albuquerque.

About Visit Albuquerque
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