Taking the Gold in the Golden Years

Taking the Gold in the Golden Years

Harold Bach, 94, of Bismarck, proudly displays the four gold medals he won in sprint races in Rapid City, S.D. at the state's Senior Olympics.

The South Dakota Senior Games Come to Aberdeen

Being over 50 doesn’t mean you’ve lost your luster, far from it. An active lifestyle can last far into the later years, and this year’s South Dakota Senior Games wants to show that. For over 30 years the not-for-profit South Dakota Senior Games Association (SDSGA) has been promoting health, fitness, and physical activity for men and women 50 years of age and older.

Every year, the SDSGA helps coordinate local Senior Games competition in 12 communities throughout the state, as well as the statewide competition, which this year will be held in Aberdeen on September 3-6 at various locations throughout the city. The Games include a wide variety of athletic events such as Track & Field, Cycling, Swimming, Tennis, Racquetball, Archery, Badminton, Softball, Billiards, Basketball, Horseshoes, Golf and many others. Participants will compete against others of their same gender in a five-year age grouping (50-55, 55-60, 60-65, etc.)

The State Games are supported through a combination of entry fees, small donations from individuals and from larger corporate donors. The local organizing committee, chaired by Mark Kolb, is looking for financial support for the four-day statewide competition, the first of its two-year commitment to Aberdeen. Funds would be used to offset the cost of participant incentives, venue fees, officials and umpires, a picnic for the participants, and the Hall of Fame Recognition Banquet. //

Registration information can be found at www.southdakotaseniorgames.org