A torch run from Annapolis and the lighting of a flame on the campus of Towson State University yesterday helped proclaim open the 12th annual Maryland Senior Olympics, a statewide athletic competition for men and women at least 55 years of age.
Competition in 14 sports will be held today and tomorrow, with track and field, swimming, and bowling drawing the largest interest. Participation has steadily increased over the years and the weekend program is expected to attract a record 1,500 entries. It is already recognized as the largest event of its kind for Maryland seniors.
Competition actually began Wednesday and continued yesterday in golf, with 249 players each completing a single 18-hole round at one of three area courses -- Diamond Ridge, Mount Pleasant, and Longview.
In addition to individual events, there will be team competition in softball, three-on-three basketball, and volleyball.
In addition to the athletic program, social activities include the Senior Follies, a Vaudeville-style talent show featuring the athletes as performers, tonight, and a concluding dinner-dance tomorrow night.
A sidelight to the heavy competition schedule is the annual photograph contest for athletes and spectators. This year's theme is to capture images which best symbolize the competitive spirit and camaraderie of the Senior Olympics.
Among the supporters of the event are Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Maryland Office on Aging, and Maryland Commission on Physical Fitness.
Facts and figures
What: 12th Maryland Senior Olympics
When: Today and tomorrow, beginning at 9 a.m.
Where: Towson State
Events: Include track and field, swimming, tennis, racquetball, billiards, horseshoes, archery, softball, volleyball and three-on-three basketball
Competition: Men and women at least 55 years of age, separated by age groups (55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-over)