The Yadkin Valley Senior Games are off to a great start, according to coordinator Bradley Key.
Key, who works for the Surry County Parks and Recreation Department, said more than 10 events in the Yadkin Valley Senior Games were completed in the first two weeks of the annual games.
Key stated the cornhole, fun walk, basketball-shoot, football throw, bowling (singles, doubles and mixed doubles), pickleball (singles, doubles and mixed doubles), the 5K run and the 5K cycle have been completed.
According to Key, the cornhole tournament saw participation from 64 seniors. Thirty-eight seniors turned out for bowling. Pickleball competitions included 45 people, and 28 folks took part in the basketball shoot and football throw
Inclement weather forced the cancellation of the croquet and spin-casting events on the originally scheduled date of May 5 and on the May 6 rain-date. Those events have been rescheduled to take place on May 25 at Fisher River Park, according to Key.
Next week’s Senior Games events include billiards, horseshoes, the softball throw, a disc golf demo and table tennis. Further on the horizon, seniors will compete in track and field, swimming, bocce, tennis, golf and others.
Key said about 200 seniors, age 50 and older, will compete in this year’s games. There’s also an event for everybody, as the games include sporting events and a Silver Arts competition, highlighting arts such as dance.
The events are scattered throughout the Yadkin Valley, including sites in Mount Airy, Elkin and Yadkin County. Varying allocations allow for the games “to better serve our senior adult population and to provide opportunities for fitness, fun, and fellowship,” according to Key.
The next few week’s events will culminate in a large celebration on June 9. Key said the social event, which will take place at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville, will begin at 6 p.m. that evening. The event will include the Silver Arts competitions.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.