This June, more than 10,000 athletes, along with family and friends, will descend upon the Albuquerque metro area for the 2019 National Senior Games (NSG) presented by Humana. From June 14 to 25, participants will compete in 20 different sports from archery and golf to pickleball and even a triathlon.
“The National Senior Games are like the Olympics for seniors,” says Marc Riker, Chief Executive Officer of the National Senior Games Association. “It’s a multi-sport, Olympic-style competition.”
Athletes will be coming to New Mexico from all over the United States, and the world.
“We already have registered athletes from every state, and we expect to have participants from about a dozen other countries,” Riker says.
The main core of activities will happen at the Albuquerque Convention Center, with sports such as volleyball, table tennis, shuffleboard and badminton taking place in the complex. The Convention Center will also house the NSG ‘Village’, where there will be trade shows, sports demonstrations, entertainment, dance lessons, and other engaging activities for athletes, their guests, and even the general public to participate in.
Additional competitions will occur at a variety of venues throughout Albuquerque and surrounding pueblos, and even a location in Santa Fe.
“We’re using iconic venues,” says Riker. “We will be using Las Campanas in Santa Fe for cycling, Cochiti Lake for the triathlon, and Balloon Fiesta Park for archery, 5K power walk and 5K race walk. We’re also using The Pit for our Celebration of Athletes.”
All of the competitions and events are free for spectators to watch.
This prestigious event provides the communities and citizens of New Mexico a unique opportunity to showcase the amazing cities, venues, and culture in the Land of Enchantment. One way to do so is to help with the games.
Approximately 3,500 volunteers are needed to help out with activities like greeting, check-in, hospitality, data entry, and event set-up. Volunteers can easily register for 4-hour timeslots online at www.nsga.com/volunteer, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Meet the Athletes
NSG is dedicated to promoting health and wellness for adults 50 and over through education, fitness and sport. The organization has developed a definition of "personal best" to drive a healthy aging message. Senior athletes provide the best examples of Personal Best attitude, and their diverse stories reveal how they strive to overcome obstacles, meet challenges, inspire others, and exhibit behavior to reach goals that go well beyond their athletic competition.
Read profiles on these featured athletes, including competitors from New Mexico.