Black Hills Senior Games back in town

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Following a break from COVID, the annual Black Hills Senior Games are back in Rapid City.

The games are always a popular event hosted by Rapid City Parks and Recreation. It’s an opportunity for those over the age of 50 to get active and compete in basketball, golf, swimming, track, and even a bean bag toss.

“Everybody is coming out,” said parks and recs specialist, Lindsey Myers. “They will train all year just to, this is something they look forward to every year. A good way to get them out, active, having fun, being competitive, and just feeling young again .”

Participants have different things that keep them coming back year after year. Whether it be the competition, health benefits, or comradery. For at least one competitor, the Rapid City games are a must since his hometown of Yankton cancelled their senior event.

“Well, it keeps us healthy, because Dave trains a lot, and I‘m his cheerleader,” said Elaine Paulson.

“A great workout, it’s great fun, and it’s great people, in a great area of the Black Hills,” said Dave Paulson. 

“You don’t have to be in shape, just come out and participate,” said Dale Mudder. “It keeps you healthy. You can play basketball, you can run. You got walk races at the track. You don’t even really have to run, you can just walk.”

Although events began this morning, it’s not too late to get in on the fun. Walk-up registrations are more than welcome through the weekend.

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