You are never too old to win a gold medal, or a silver medal, or a bronze medal, or just to compete.
That’s what more than 300 seniors, ages 50 and older, will prove when they show off their athletic prowess and baking and creative skills during the 34th annual Detroit Senior Olympics with a variety of events on Wednesday, June 13.
There are a number of first-time events this year including the 1500 meter race walk, pie/tart category in the baking competition and checkers.
The events will take place at Adams/Butzel Complex, 10500 Lyndon near Meyers, with opening ceremonies at 9:0o a.m., followed by track and field events, basketball free throw, Frisbee toss, softball hit and throw, baking, arts-n-crafts, and hustle dancing. In addition, a record 63 participants signed up this year to compete in horseshoes.
The Olympics concludes with the closing ceremonies at 3:00 p.m.
Some of the events are to qualify for the Michigan Senior Olympics/National Senior Olympics. Last year a 101-year-old competd.
The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, June 13
Adams/Butzel Complex | 10500 Lyndon
Frisbee Toss (70+)
1600 Meter Race Walk (All Ages) – a Michigan Senior Olympics/National Senior Olympics qualifying events
Horseshoes (70+) – a Michigan Senior Olympics/National Senior Olympics qualifying events
Softball Hit (50-69)
50 Meter Run (All ages) – a Michigan Senior Olympics/National Senior Olympics qualifying events
Basketball Free Throw (50-69)
Softball Throw (70+)
4 x 400 Relay (Run) (Co/Ed)
Softball Throw (50-69)
Basketball Free Throw (70+)
Frisbee Toss (50-69)
1600 Meter Walk (All Ages)
Softball Hit (70+)
The Detroit Senior Olympics is presented by the Detroit Area Agency on Aging. Other sponsors include Detroit Parks & Recreation Department, Humana, and Oakstreet Health, with volunteers sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and DTE Energy. The competition includes golf, bowling, swimming, basketball, track, and horseshoes, Frisbee toss, table tennis, arts & crafts and baking.