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Albuquerque 50+ Games

Albuquerque's 50+ Games offers athletic competition for people age 50 and over.

The Albuquerque 50+ Games offer athletic competitions for people 50 and over. The qualifying winners of the local games are invited to participate in the New Mexico Senior Olympics where they may qualify to compete at the National Senior Games.

The Albuquerque 50+ Games is an event open to all people who are residents of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County area who are at least fifty years of age by December 31. Each Albuquerque 50+ Games participant must correctly complete a registration form, turn it in by the deadline and pay all fees. Registration fees include registration, t-shirt, membership and awards. Golf and bowling fees are extra.

New Mexico residents from other counties may enter the Albuquerque 50+ Games if their chosen events are not available in their counties; however, no such persons may prevent residents from the Albuquerque/ Bernalillo county area from qualifying for the New Mexico Senior Olympics.

The Albuquerque 50+ Games are held at a number of locations in Albuquerque during the months of March, April and May and registrations are due in early March. All events are listed in the competition schedule, found in the 50+ Sports & Fitness catalog.

Age divisions are divided into 5 year increments starting at 50 and progressing to over 90. In singles events, participants may not play up or down in age, but play in their own age group. Age division for doubles and mixed doubles competition will be determined by the age of the younger partner as of December 31. Age division for team competition is determined by the youngest member of the team. For team competition age divisions are: 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, and 80+.

First, second and third place winners are awarded ribbons at the conclusion of their events, qualifying them to participate in the New Mexico Senior Olympics.

It is strongly recommended that all participants receive a medical check-up prior to competition. It is also required that the liability waiver on the registration form be completed and signed.

Air Gun

This sport offers a competition and workshop that focuses on basic marksmanship principles and techniques with emphasis on position and firing procedures. Practices are also  offered. See: “Sport - Workshops/Practices.”

Archery

The archery competition is sponsored by the Sandia Crest Bowhunters Association. This event will be a New Mexico Senior Olympics and National Senior Games qualifying event and  includes 5 categories: Recurve – with sights, Barebow Recurve – no sights, Compound Fingers – with sights, Barebow Compound – no sights, Compound Release.

Badminton

This fun sport provides an opportunity to participate in a sports program which is beneficial to both physical and mental well-being. This is competitive badminton—a demanding sport. Workshop/practices are also offered. See: “Sport - Workshops/Practices.”

Basketball Team

State competition only. The New Mexico Senior Olympics will qualify athletes for the National Senior Games. Dates, times and locations will be announced at a later date.

For information contact the New Mexico Senior Olympics, 1-575-623-5777, or the Palo Duro 50+ Sports & Fitness Center, (505) 880-2800.

Basketball Free Throw

Contestants shoot 15 free throws in succession. The contestant who makes the most baskets is declared the winner. The free throw line for women is 14 ft. and for men 15 ft.

Basketball 3 Point Shot

Each contestant will shoot one shot from each of the five different pre-marked positions on the 3-point line beginning with the designated corner. The additional shot may be taken from any one of the 5 marked positions at the shooter’s discretion. The contestant who makes the most baskets will be declared the winner.

Eight Ball Pool

Billiards is a competition with you are sure to enjoy. Join us for a wonderful morning of competitive eight ball.

Bowling

The bowling competition includes singles, doubles, mixed doubles and team. If you would
like to bowl on a team or with a partner and you do not have one, please mark your request on your registration sheet.

Cycling

The cycling competition is held each year in Stanley, New Mexico, Hwy 41, north of the City of Moriarty. Events include 1 mile, and 5, 10, 20, and 40K time trials. Workshop/practices are also offered. See: “Sport - Workshops/Practices.”

Golf

This 18 hole competition for both men and women. The tournament is a scratch event, and will be a New Mexico State Senior Olympics and National Senior Games qualifying event.

Huachas

If you enjoy horseshoes, you will like pitching washers. Competition is in both singles and doubles. Open Huachas “Hillbilly horseshoes,” as this game is also known, is a physical game of skill that is very similar to horseshoes. The difference is that large metal washers are pitched at a 3-inch hole in a 24 x 24 inch platform on the ground and the boards are 21 feet away from each other. Contestants receive points based on how close their washers are to the hole. Come try your hand at this at our weekly practices.

Horseshoes

Horseshoes provides a means for people of all ages to enjoy good exercise while having fun.

Pickleball

Pickleball is played with a perforated plastic ball and wood or composite paddle on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches. The divisions will be singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Workshop/practices are also offered. See: “Sport - Workshops/Practices.”

Racewalking

Try racewalking and see how much fun an activity you have been doing on a basic level all your life can be! Albuquerque 50+ Games Racewalking Competition includes a 5K racewalk and a 400 and 1500 meter racewalk at the Track & Field Competition. Workshop/practices are also offered. See: “Sport - Workshops/Practices.”

Racquetball

Racquetball is making a come-back, why not be part of this success story? Albuquerque 50+ Games Racquetball Competition Workshop/practices are also offered. See: “Sport - Workshops/Practices.”

Roadrace

The Roadrace competition includes a 5K and 10K competition. This is an invitation to all the weekend runners to get recognition for your hard work. The 5K and 10K will run concurrently; so you will have a chance to qualify in both races on the same day! Both races start together. The 5K time will be recorded. If you want to receive a time in the 10K, just keep going to the 10K finish.

Shuffleboard

Did you know that shuffleboard originated in King Henry VIII’s time as shovelboard in which
players used broom-shaped paddles and people gambled on the outcome? We’ve come a long way to the deck shuffleboard we play today! Workshop/practices are also offered. See: “Sport - Workshops/Practices.”

Softball - Team

State competition only. The New Mexico Senior Olympics will qualify athletes for the National Senior Olympics. Dates, times and locations will be announced at a later date.

Swimming

Put some pizzazz in your lap swimming! Give yourself a goal by registering for the Albuquerque 50+ Games Swimming Competition! Events include: Breaststroke: 50, 100, 200; Freestyle: 50, 100, 200, 500; Backstroke: 50, 100, 200; Butterfly: 50, 100; Individual Medley: 100 & 200 Medley Relay

Table Tennis

Since its inception in1880’s England as an after-dinner amusement for upper-class Victorians, this sport has grown into an international favorite. Originally, a line of books served as the net, a champagne cork or knot of string as the ball, and a cigar box lid as the racket. Come see how it has evolved! Workshop/practices are also offered. See: “Sport - Workshops/Practices.”

Talent Show and Dance Competition

The talent competition includes band, kitchen band, instrumental, vocal, dance, comedy and reading acts. The dance competition includes: country western, jitterbug, line dance, polka, Latin dance, waltz, and country waltz. Seating is limited for this popular show and reservations for free tickets are required.

Tennis Tournament

You don’t have to be Pete Sampras to enjoy playing in our Albuquerque 50+ Games tournament. Athletes will compete in Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

Track & Field Competition

The Albuquerque 50+ Track & Field competition includes running, racewalking, throwing and fun events. Workshop/practices are also offered. See: “Sport - Workshops/Practices.” Running events include: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m run; 400m coed relay (2 men, 2 women), 400m and 800m estimated time.

Fun events include: accuracy and distance Frisbee throws, soccer kick, softball throw
and standing long jump.

Racewalking events include: 400m & 1500m racewalk.

Field events include: discus, shot put, and javelin, running long jump, high jump, and pole vault.

Triathlon

There is no triathlon event at the Albuquerque 50+ Games. To qualify for the National Senior Games you must compete in the triathlon at a preceding qualifying New Mexico State Senior Olympics. For information contact the New Mexico Senior Olympics, 1-575-623-5777, or contact the Palo Duro 50+ Sports and Fitness Center, (505) 880-2800.

Volleyball - Team

State competition only. The New Mexico Senior Olympics will qualify athletes for the National Senior Olympics. Dates, times and locations will be announced at a later date. For information contact the New Mexico Senior Olympics, 1-575-623-5777, , or contact the Palo Duro 50+ Sports and Fitness Center, (505) 880-2800.

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