2010 Huntsman Senior Games to begin Oct. 5

ST. GEORGE – The Huntsman World Senior Games have come a long way from that first year in 1987 when St. George, Utah, welcomed a few hundred athletes competing in a handful of sports.  From those humble beginnings, the Games have grown into the world’s largest annual Olympic-style sporting event for men and women ages 50 and better.
This year the Games passed a major milestone, registering over 10,000 participants for the first time ever.  In October, these athletes converge on St. George, filling up hotels, restaurants and main thoroughfares throughout the city as they enjoy the competition and camaraderie of what has become an annual tradition for many.  All 50 of the United States are represented in 2010 and athletes from 26 different countries take the playing field this year.  Two brand new countries, Czech Republic and Kazakhstan, raise the total number of countries participating since 1987 to 63.
With the addition of Soccer to the line-up, the Games offer 27 different sports.  From archery to volleyball, individual events to team sports, there is something for everyone. 
“One of the unique things about the Games,” says Merrill Barney, Director of Sports, “is that our divisions for the sports are based on age and wherever possible, skill level as well.  This makes the event more inclusive and allows for a legitimate chance at a medal.”
“The growth of the Games, especially over the past five years or so, has been just fantastic,” says Kyle Case, Huntsman World Senior Games CEO. 
Part of the success of the Games is attributed to the philosophy founded in the early years of providing much more than just a sporting event. 
“The Games is a total experience for the athletes,” says Case.  “The athletes can participate in the Opening Ceremonies, Western Dinner Dance, Sport Socials, Global Cup Matches, Concert & Celebration and the International Festival.  There’s no shortage of activities.”
For additional information on the Games or any of its events, visit the web at www.seniorgames.org or call the office at 800-562-1268.
The Huntsman World Senior Games is the largest annual multi-sport athletic event in the world and takes place every October in St. George, Utah.  The Games offers 27 different sports including Archery, Triathlon and Softball.

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