The Half Century Games are made of 100 percent fun

aheymann@vagazette.com

While they may be called the Half Century Senior Games, active adults will have 100 percent fun at James City County’s newest sporting event.

Sarah O’Reilly, the program coordinator for James City County Parks and Recreation, said she started the Half Century Games to help people prepare for the Virginia Senior Games which are sponsored by the Virginia Parks and Recreation Society.

“(JCC Parks and Recreation) wanted to have something that could possibly be like a teaser for (the Senior Games) — which is a kind of more formal competition,” O’Reilly said.

Events that weekend include a golf tournament, 5K and 10K races, racquetball, handball and three-on-three basketball. Depending on the sport, activities will be split into groups by gender, as well as skill level.

“We have it so you kind of self select into either an amateur division or a masters division. That way you aren’t coming out and playing against some guys who are super competitive where you might just want to try (the sport) out for the first time,” O’Reilly said.

O’Reilly said there are fees for each event, but prices vary based on the complexity of the sport.

For example, while the basketball free throw costs $15 a person, golf, which has more costs associated with it, is $300 for a four-person team.

In the end, O’Reilly just hopes this event is a good way for people to have some competitive fun.

“Especially to bring those folks together who may have similar interests so they can be able to go out in the community and play after,” O’Reilly said.

Want to go?

The Half Century Senior Games run March 29-31 at various times and locations. Registration must be postmarked by March 15, and varies by event.

For more information on registration and full event details, go to jamescitycounty.gov/recreation or contact O’Reilly at sarah.oreilly@jamescitycountyva.gov.

Heymann can be reached by phone at 757-298-5828 or on Twitter at @HeymannAmelia.

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