On October 3, 2011 the Huntsman World Senior Games in St George Utah begins. This year commemorates the 25th anniversary for the Senior Games! Not familiar with this event? Many people aren’t. You’d be surprised to find out that this is the largest senior sports competition in the world according to our mayor, Dan McArthur.
Hundreds of seniors come from all over the world to compete in these games each year. The games began in 1987 as the World Senior Games, an international competition. Originally contestants had to be 55 or older to compete, they changed that requirement to 50 years old in 1988. In 1989, Jon M. Huntsman of the Huntsman Corporation, became the principal sponsor for the games. He recognized the value of seniors staying active, and living a healthy lifestyle. He also understood the financial impact this event could and would have on Utah.
In addition to the athletic events, there is always health screenings which include tests for breast and prostate cancer. There is also screenings for diabetes, glaucoma, high blood pressure and bone density to name a few. There’s also a social side to these games. Concerts, dances and award socials play an important role encouraging participants to mingle with each other.
Many participants come to compete in the Huntsman World Senior Games and find this area so inviting that they return to purchase a home here in St George Utah. There’s so much to do here, whether you enjoy bicycling, hiking, walking or golf. And the weather is just about perfect, year round!
Be sure to check out the Huntsman Senior Games if you’re in town. The events run from October 3-15, 2011. Opening ceremonies begin at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. They are being held at the Hansen Stadium, Dixie State College. 500 S. 700 E. St George Utah. Admission is free.