Montana Senior Olympics moving to Polson area

The 32nd annual Montana Senior Olympics will be held on June 15-17, 2017, in the Polson, Ronan and Pablo area. Badminton is a new sport that will be added to the Olympics in 2017, replacing racquetball, since there are no courts available in the area and racquetball has not been a high priority in the past several years.
Other sports include archery, basketball (3-on-3 and shooting), bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racewalk, road race, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track and field.  Track and field will be staged on one day, June 17, since the number of entries has been down over the past few years.
A new online registration program called Fusesport will be used for the games this year. Fusesport will make the whole process of registration much easier. If you do not own a computer, try the Council on Aging or Lewistown Public Library to do your online registration. Paper entries are also accepted.
The 30th annual National Senior Games will be June 2-15, 2017, in Birmingham, Alabama. Anyone, who attended the MSO in Helena in 2016 and placed 1-4 in your age group, qualify for the national competition. The national games in 2019 will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The usual winter events for senior Olympics include the Nordic Ski Races on Feb. 18, 2017 at Bohart Cross-Country Ski Center near Bozeman. There will be 5 and 10K classic races at 10 a.m., followed by 5 and 10K free-style races at 1 p.m. Individuals must be 45 years of age or older to participate.
The ice hockey tournament will be at the Haynes Pavilion in Bozeman on March 31-April 2, 2017.



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