Last week, dozens of local senior citizens had an opportunity to show that they were still fit, active and young at heart. The 2018 Forever Fit 50 and Beyond Senior games had their closing ceremonies at the Cecil Commerce Sports Complex Aquatic Center on Normandy Blvd.
The annual event is hosted by the City of Jacksonville in the fall from September through October with local qualifying competition throughout the state in the spring. The games promote an active lifestyle for seniors while affording them the opportunity to compete in an Olympic style competition with older adults from around the city, state and nation for prizes.
Winners in each category receive first, second and third place medals and/or ribbons as keepsakes to show off to relatives and friends of their accomplishments. First through fifth place qualifiers will advance to the Florida State Senior Games.
The games features track and field, basketball, golf, bowling, swimming, power lifting, cycling, Chinese Mah Jong, a 5K and 10K runs and more. There are two categories in each decade age group (70-74, 75-79 or 50-54, 55-59). More than 50,000 seniors have participated in the games since 1992 with 2,500 involved this year alone.
This year’s state games will be held in Clearwater, Florida from December 1st through 9th for local qualifiers from around the state. Anyone 50 years of age or older can participate in the games by registering with the Forever Fit & 50 and Beyond Senior Games, 117 W. Duval St., Suite 220 or visit www.coj.net. Shown at the games (l-r) : Gerald Joins, Darlene Ledsinger, Charles Walton and G. Christopher