April 2014  

2014 Bay Area Senior Games Coming Right Up!

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Athlete's Oath


In the spirit of the Olympic Ideal, I pledge:

To abide by the rules of these Games,

To respect the officials that apply them,

To be humble in Victory and Gracious in Defeat,

I am proud to be a Senior Games Athlete.


Celebrate Seniors!
  • There are 10,000 of us turning 50 EVERYDAY!
  • We are 100 million strong and we control 77% of the financial assets in this great country of ours.
  • We are a powerful group of people that outspends other generations in nearly EVERY consumer category totaling over one TRILLION dollars annually. 
  • We spend over $7 Billion dollars in on-line purchases, an impressive 2 1/2 times more than the amount teens spend.



Athlete Alert 

Final logistics - all registered athletes will receive an email with final logistics and information, approximately one week before your events begin!

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are always needed and welcomed at the Senior Games.... In fact, we can't produce the Games without you! Lots of jobs are available, from timing, to hospitality check-in and athlete gift distribution.
Please go to: and fill out the easy on-line registration. This is also a great way to satisfy high school and college community service requirements. Please spread the word.


Thanks to our Sponsors!





Thanks to our incredible and very important sponsors - As we have talked about many times, we are so fortunate to have generous sponsors for the Senior Games.. as athlete fees pay about 70% of the costs of producing the games and our wonderful sponsors make up the gap. Please join me in thanking the following sponsors:


            El Camino Hospital

            Palo Alto Medical Foundation

            Sports Basement


            City of Palo Alto


            Hendrickson & Friends



Dear Senior Athlete,


We are getting excited for the 2014 Bay Area Senior Games.. lots to tell you about.. please see below....   


Our Newest Tradition - Games Celebration at Sports Basement  


Mark your calendar and join us for a Celebration for all athletes, volunteers, friends and families!   Hosted by Sports Basement, 1177 Kern Ave., Sunnyvale on Monday, June 2 from 6:00pm, - 7:30pm. Refreshments, Athlete Awards, and special shopping discounts for the night. Hope to see you there.. all who attended in 2013 had a great time - so we are calling this a new Bay Area Senior Games tradition!



Cycling Event Now Confirmed for Ft. Ord on Saturday,  

May 10, 2014 



Featured venue: We are excited to announce that Ft. Ord has been confirmed for Saturday, May 10, as the site for our cycling races and time trials. It has been our dream the last few years to find a good course for senior cyclists that we could grow into a large event celebrating cycling.. and we expect that this will be the place.  


Southern California cyclists are so fortunate to have the great park in Long Beach and we wanted to find an equally good venue in Northern California. After lots of discussion, planning, changes and modifications on the part of our wonderful and experienced race director, Tom Simpson and good input from senior cyclists, we have a plan. This year, we will be a one day only event - Saturday, May 10. The 5K Time Trial will start at 10am. The 20K Road Race will start at noon and the 40K Road Race will start at 2:00 pm with awards following.  


Thanks to all the cycling community for their patience and flexibility as we planned this course. We look forward to more feedback, as our goal for the future, is to make this the premier cycling event especially for senior athletes - in beautiful Monterey -  in Northern California.   Maps and course instructions are posted on our web site, click here. 




Torch Run and Pasta Dinner

torch photoPlan to join us for the traditional Torch Run and Pasta Dinner, Friday, May 16 at Stanford. In 2009 for the Summer National Senior Games, we said, "The Senior Games competitors, like the torch that was specially designed for them, are trailblazers and shining examples of how ingenuity, effort, perseverance and vision create a vital new paradigm that promotes health and sustainability for people and the planet." This comment is true in 2014 as well - The Torch Run will take place on Friday, May 16 at 5:00pm. Each sports chair has chosen a female and male athlete to run with the Solar Torch. It is always a great show!

Registration Deadlines Near

Registration deadlines near for Bay Area Senior Games: We have over 1100 athletes registered as we approach the deadlines for the 2014 BASG. Please, if you are planning to compete, register now at 


Thanks for your cooperation - the deadlines are: 

  • April 26: Badminton, Track & Field, Race-walk, 5K race
  • May 1: Volleyball, Feats of Strength, Cycling
  • May 7: Bocce, Basketball, Golf, Fencing, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Racquetball, Rugby, Water Polo and Pickle ball
  • May 23: Archery
Training Tips #2 - Weight Training - "Just Do it"


Most athletes are well aware that they need regular aerobic and anaerobic exercise , especially if they are training for an event or competition of any type. Most athletes are consistent about getting in those weekly workouts, but many dismiss "weight training" or "strength training" as part of their regular training routine....

well don't !  



Weight training, just by name alone, seems to be something that is only for younger athletes or athletes who want to "bulk" up. Scientific evidence is showing that weight training or resistance training can actually slow the physiological aging clock. Weight training is one of the only types of exercise that can substantially slow and/or possibly reverse the declines in muscle mass tissue, and bone density, thus lowering the risk of developing osteoporosis or fracture

It can provide so much more resistance against the muscle and skeletal frame than cardiovascular or endurance based exercises, that muscles gain strength from only a "few movements" The types of resistance can vary from body weight, machine weights, free weights, or even water.    

As we grow older it is inevitable that our muscle fibers shrink in numbers and size, but if we stay active, continue to strengthen our heart and lungs, and add "weight training" into your routine, not only will you get stronger for your sport, but you will stave off other chronic conditions.

"Just do it" Shelly Sweeny "official trainer"