It's almost time for the Western Colorado Senior Games and here's what you need to know.

The first and most important thing to know is the Senior Games are not just for senior citizens. In this context, 'senior' refers to anyone aged 50 or older.

I think this is the 19th year for this event, but there's a rumor that the name is going to be changing, in part, because people in their 50s and even 60s in today's world don't want to be categorized as seniors. The bottom line, this event is for the older generation.

Something else you need to know about the Senior Games, they're not athletic events like you might see in the Olympics. Yes, there are some track and field events and a 5K walk/run, but there are lots of events for the non-athletes.

Bocce ball, cornhole, dance, horseshoes, darts, pickleball, and cards are some of the events offered, about 60 events in all. The registration fee is $34 with an additional fee for bowling and golf.

What's cool is, you can do as many events as you'd like and still only pay the one registration fee. Although, if another event you want to do is happening at the same time you'll have to choose one or the other.

The registration deadline is August 9, so there's not a lot of time left. You can download an entry form online, or pick one up at the parks and recreation office at Lincoln Park. Either way, you need to get your entry to the parks office by Friday, along with your payment.

Sure, some of this is about the competition, but it's mostly about encouraging people to stay fit and be active in their later years and have some fun doing it. Better health means a better, happier life - and who doesn't want that?

By the way, though I hate to admit it, I am in the 50+ crowd (just barely) and I am seriously considering participating this year. If I can do it, you can do it, too

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