New Oregon Senior Games’ Pickleball Registration Now Open
Perfect New Excuse to Visit Bend, Oregon
March 31, 2014 – Bend, Oregon – Pickleball enthusiasts ages 50 and over have a new excuse to visit Bend, Oregon: The Oregon Senior Games. The 2014 Oregon Senior Games Pickleball competition will be held at the beautiful Pine Nursery Park in Bend on Thursday, June 19 –Men’s Doubles and Women’s Singles; Friday, June 20 – Women’s Doubles and Men’s Singles; and Saturday, June 21, 2014 – Mixed Doubles. All events start at 8 a.m.
The registration fee for Pickleball is $15 for the first event and $5 for each additional event. Those who need Pickleball partners may use a convenient “partner-find” feature found at the registration link: https://oregon.fusesport.com/registration/166/.
The Pickleball tournament is sure to appeal to super-competitive athletes as well as those just looking to stay active and have fun participating in any of the 15 other sports as part of the Games. It’s also a great opportunity to explore a beloved outdoor recreation mecca: Bend, Oregon. While in town, competitors can reward themselves with whitewater rafting, hiking, golf, stand up paddle boarding or enjoying a tasty craft beer along the Bend Ale Trail. The dining and lodging venues are top notch and will round out a great visit to Central Oregon.
Most of the Oregon Senior Games competitions run June 19-22, 2014 with Cycling leading the way on May 24, 2014 and a Cowboy Action Shooting event a week prior to the main Games. All events are held in and around Bend. The 16 events include a 5K Road Race and Walk, Archery, Badminton, Bowling, Cowboy Action Shooting, Cycling, Golf, Over the Line, Pickleball, Racquetball, Shuffleboard, softball, Swimming, Tennis, Table Tennis and Track & Field.
Before 2014, Oregon was one of only two states without a sanctioned State Senior Games. The Oregon Senior Games is officially sanctioned by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) and is open to any athlete age 50 and over with no prequalification necessary. The top four finishers in most sports in each age group will qualify for the 2015 National Senior Games in St. Paul, Minnesota (taking place July 3-16, 2015) as will competitors who meet minimum performance standards in applicable sports.
“We’re thrilled to be reviving the Oregon Senior Games and bringing them to Bend for the first time,” said Kevney Dugan, director of Sales and Sports Development for Visit Bend. “This is an amazing opportunity to present a competitive yet fun and social event to an older set of visitors that showcases Bend as the ultimate outdoor playground.”
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