You are never too old to let the games begin. Seniors from Illinois and surrounding states will be taking part in the Rend Lake College Regional Senior Games on Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3.
Rend Lake College, Benton Country Club, Benton City Park, Nu Bowl Lanes of Mt. Vernon and Benton Middle School will each host one or more events.
In order to participate, competitors must be 50 years of age or older as of May 26, 2006. Age categories will be 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89 and 90 and over. Medals will be given to the first- and second-place finishers in each event, and third-place finishers will receive ribbons.
The schedule of events for the Rend Lake College Senior Games is:
Friday, June 2
8 a.m. – Golf, Benton Country Club (shotgun start)
9 a.m. – Tennis, Benton City Park (singles or doubles)
9 a.m. – Horseshoes, Rend Lake College Driving Range
Noon-4 p.m. – Bowling, Nu Bowl Lanes
4:30 p.m. – Prediction Walk, Benton Middle School Track
Track and Field Events
5 p.m. – Softball Throw (Distance) and Softball Throw (Accuracy)
5:30 p.m. – 100-Meter Run
6 p.m. – Running Long Jump
6:15 p.m. – 800-Meter Run
6:30 p.m. – Shot Put
6:45 p.m. – 200-Meter Run
7 p.m. – Discus
7:15 p.m. – 400-Meter Walk / Run
7:30 p.m. – High Jump
7:45 p.m. – 1500-Meter Walk / Run
Saturday, June 3
7 a.m. – 5K Run, Rend Lake College
8 a.m. – Swimming, Rend Lake College Aquatics Center (50-yard breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle; 100-yard breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle; 200-yard freestyle; and 400-yard freestyle)
8 a.m. – Cycling, RLC South Gateway Entrance (time trial at 8 a.m.; 20-kilometer road race at 9 a.m.)
10 a.m. – Bocce Ball, Rend Lake College Driving Range
11 a.m. -1 p.m. – Complimentary Lunch (drawings at 11:30 a.m. and noon)
1 p.m. – Basketball Free Throws, James “Hummer” Waugh Gymnasium at RLC
All entries must be received on or before Friday, May 26. The $20 entry fee allows entrants to participate in as many events as they wish. All athletes will receive an official T-shirt. There are facility fees for bowling ($6.75), golf ($20) and swimming ($5) which must be paid at the site of those competitions prior to the events.