Coming in June: Games for Adults 50+
The city’s largest annual athletic competition for seniors, the Philadelphia Games for Adults 50+,
is expanding in 2013 to attract more athletes in a wider variety of pursuits. For the first time, residence in Philadelphia is not required to compete; athletes who live in the surrounding counties, from Southeastern Pennsylvania to Southern New Jersey, are welcome.
This year’s Adults 50+ Games will be held June 8 and 10 to 14 at venues throughout Philadelphia. Many events have been scheduled to be convenient for working adults. Last year’s Saturday activities were very popular with semi- and pre-retirees, so evening competition in bowling and basketball has been added for 2013.
Saturday events will include the Healthy Lifestyles Expo on June 8, featuring fitness clinics on Zumba, body pump and self defense, and the Games’ first Triathlon on July 20.
Pickle ball, a popular demonstration last year, is also making its competitive debut. The game is a cross between ping pong and indoor tennis. Pickle ball uses a low net and large wiffle ball with a lightweight paddle.
“Pickle ball doesn’t require the arm strength of regular tennis,” said Patrice Shanker, program manager at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.