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On Your Marks: Time to Register for Wisconsin Senior Olympics

Wisconsinites 50 and over are invited to register now for the Wisconsin Senior Olympics. Credit: AARP
Wisconsinites 50 and over are invited to register now for the Wisconsin Senior Olympics. Credit: AARP
July 20, 2015

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Senior Olympics run from mid-August through mid-September, but the time to register is now, according to Mariann Muzzi outreach director for AARP-Wisconsin.

There are 22 events in various age brackets, with traditional sports such as archery, badminton, cycling and volleyball.

Muzzi says one of the hottest events is a pickleball competition. Pickleball has been around a while, but it's now starting to become hugely popular.

"The game started in 1965 when a group of gentlemen were home with their kids who got bored, and they made up this game and it has taken the country by storm,” Muzzi relates. “It's really fun – it's a paddle game – but the name pickle is the name of their dog."

Muzzi says all the events involve friendly competition, but the main goal is to have people 50 and over challenge themselves and have some fun in the process.

As a co-sponsor of the games, AARP is offering a $5 discount on the registration fee.

To get the discount, go to www.aarp.org/wi and click on the blog link to Senior Olympics.

According to Muzzi, the Senior Olympics give Wisconsinites 50 and over a chance to stretch themselves a bit and try their hand at some new and different activities which are fun and energizing.

"Today we're all leading longer, healthier, and more productive lives and at AARP we believe no one's possibility should be limited by their age, so we work to help make possibilities real, and to be an ally as we live to an age of new possibilities," she stresses.

The events take place mainly in the Milwaukee area, but there are events at other venues around the state.

Muzzi says traditional Senior Olympics events, including horseshoes and softball, are still very popular, along with the newer games such as pickleball.

"That's the beauty of the Senior Olympics, it's that it is designed for camaraderie and socializing, as much as it is for fitness and competition," she says.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI