By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
Yukon is getting ready to play host to an annual competition geared toward the “mature”, silver-haired population.
More than 100 competitors are expected for the annual Yukon Senior Games set Monday through Friday, Sept. 21-25 at various venues across Yukon and north Oklahoma City.
It should be noted that competitors do not actually have to be senior citizens to participate. Anyone age 50 years and above is welcome to register.
“We’re looking to have a good turnout,” Yukon Senior Games coordinator Tyler Kilmer said. “We’ll have people competing in every event.
“It’s open to anyone 50 and up.”
Events are: Billiards, archery, golf, weightlifting, pickleball, bowling, horseshoes, cornhole, basketball, and table tennis.
Besides the athletic events, there will be a creative arts contest along with a social at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at inside the City of Yukon’s Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore.
Two other Yukon Parks & Recreation facilities – the Jackie Cooper Gym and Yukon Community Center – also will host events.
Other local sites will be Archery Traditions at 328 Elm and Miller Fit at 1175 S Ranchwood in Yukon, along with Heritage Lanes and Lake Hefner Golf Club in Oklahoma City.
The Yukon Senior Games, which typically is offered in April, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I would rather have something (than nothing) and have those who want to enjoy it come out,” Yukon Parks & Recreation Director Jan Scott said. “I want to provide that recreation for them.”
The only Yukon Senior Games’ athletic event that won’t be offered this year is a track meet due to logistics.
Registration fee for the 2020 Yukon Senior Games has been discounted to $15 per person. There are other costs for the golf and bowling competitions.
“We’re trying to get more people to come out so it’s $15 now regardless of whether you sign up for two events or five events,” Kilmer said.
For more information, call Kilmer at (405) 350-8920.