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Senior Olympics set for June 2-7

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 1:00 p.m. CDT

Capture the excitement of the Olympics and compete this year in the Quad Cities Senior Olympics. Anyone 50 or older can participate (40-plus years old in some events).

The 24th annual Quad Cities Senior Olympics (QCSO) is June 2-7 at Augustana College’s Erickson Field in Rock Island, and numerous venues around the Quad Cities area. There are more than 90 events in which to participate.

The Literary and Arts and Crafts events are held on June 4 at CASI, 1035 W. Kimberly Road in Davenport. The Performing Arts competition takes place on June 5 at 6 p.m. at Wallenburg Hall on the campus of Augustana College. Most athletic events are Friday night, June 6 and all day on Saturday, June 7. The entire schedule is listed online at www.qcseniorolympics.org

New events this year include: Bench press, disc golf accuracy, and disc golf distance.

Gold, silver and bronze medals are given in every event and for multiple age levels. For one low entry fee of $20, registrants get two free meals, unlimited snacks, entry into unlimited events and up to three medals!

To register, volunteer, or for more information, contact the Quad Cities Senior Olympics office at 309-786-1677 or visit www.qcseniorolympics.org. On-site registration is allowed for some events.

Last year, Bernadine Ehman, at age 102, earned gold medals in football accuracy throw and several arts events! Ehman heard about the QCSO when in her 90s and has been competing ever since!

“The Quad Cities Senior Olympics is great way to have healthy fun, and there is truly something for everyone,” says Lisa Killinger, QCSO Board member. “We have hundreds of participants from over 10 states. Some are there to compete just for fun, and others want to train for the National Senior Olympics. Everyone is welcome to come and watch!”

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