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Sunday, July 13, 2014

You're never too old to be an Olympian

A competitor in the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics. [NVSO photo]

Registration is under way for the 2014 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics. Competitions for people age 50 and over take place Sept. 13-24 in venues throughout the region. Events include track and field, tennis, swimming, cycling, horseshoes, and much more. There are plenty of less-strenuous events, too, like cribbage and bunco.

Two new events have been added for 2014: a 5K road race and American-style Mah Jongg.

Participants must be 50 years of age by Dec. 31, 2014, and live in one of the jurisdictions sponsoring the competition: Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington, or Prince William Counties or the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, or Falls Church. Medals will be awarded to the first, second, and third-place winners.

Several events will take place in the Annandale/Mason District area: team line dancing at the James Lee Community Center; racquetball, handball, Wii bowling, and other sports at the Audrey Moore RECenter; eight-ball pool, duplicate bridge, and scrabble at the Lincolnia Senior Center; and dominoes at the Goodwin House in Bailey’s Crossroads.

The registration fee is $12, which covers multiple events. There are additional fees for bowling and golf. Competitors can register online. Contact the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics at 703-228-4721 or for more information.

Additional sponsors include Jim Koons Automotive Cos., Leisure World of Virginia, Ryan Homes of Northern Virginia, Ashby Ponds, Greenspring Retirement Community, Safeway, Humana, Goodwin House Inc., the Virginian, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Virginia, Westminster at Lake Ridge, Falcons Landing, and Walgreens.

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