Ariz. RV Resort’s Senior Olympics Are Major
It may not be Sochi, Russia, but the Senior Olympics at Quail Run RV Resort in Arizona City, Ariz., has its own legacy of sweeping victories and touching displays of sportsmanship. And a healthy dose of fun, the Arizona City Independent reported.
Residents at the park get to be olympians every year during the third week in February, complete with medals and bragging rights. Winners even get to stand on a podium and receive a medal from the event chairman.
This year’s Quail Run RV Resort Senior Olympics began Feb. 16 and lasted until Feb. 22.
“It’s pretty big,” Sandi Hansen, activity director, said. “Of all the events, it’s the biggest.”
This year’s games were no exception, with 180 residents participating.
Of course, the events are tailored to the participants.
In addition to some of the more traditional events, such as swimming and ping pong, there’s also miniature golf, putting, a frisbee throw and plenty of table games like euchre, bridge and cribbage.
And though event participants are mainly focused on fun, the competition can still be fierce. Records are made and broken. Rivalries are formed.
Bill Turner, who has competed every year for nearly a decade, said that last year there was a bit of a “fracas” during the swimming competition.
One of the contestants wore a pair of Speedos over his swim trunks and, during the race, another competitor — Turner wouldn’t say who — tried to pull them off.
Antics like that during events aren’t uncommon, Turner said.
“It’s just fun,” Turner said. “A lot of people participate and it’s not too strenuous.”
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