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Events still accepting athletes for next month's Prescott Senior Olympics

This isn't Uncle Sam talking, but if you're "young at heart," the Prescott Senior Olympic Games wants you!

From Aug. 2-18, while keeping that theme in mind, the City of Prescott will play host to the competitive yet friendly games designed for men and women ages 50 and up.

Those that have turned 50 on or before Dec. 31, 2013, are eligible to participate in the games' 10 events, which include bowling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, shooting, softball, swimming, tennis and track and field.

"The more participation we get this year, hopefully we get more interest in other things next year," Prescott Parks and Rec's Michelle Stacy-Schroeder said. "My goal with Senior Olympics this year is to try to get it back to the way it used to be back in like 2007, 2008 (with more events before the recession hit)."

Most events are broken down into five-year age categories, including 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89 and 90-plus.

The exceptions are golf and some of the shooting sports, which are divided into 10-year age increments of 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89 and 90-plus.

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the winners of each age classification in every event.

All events carry a registration fee of $10 with an added cost of $5 per event entered. However, golf has an additional greens fee of $30 per event entered.

Competitors should arrive at their respective events at least 30 minutes beforehand for check-in. Events may be cancelled due to lack of participation or postponed and rescheduled because of poor weather. If that is the case, participants will receive refunds.

Athletes that cancel because of illness or injury should call the Parks and Recreation office at 928-777-1552 no later than three days before the event to get a full refund. No-shows are ineligible for a refund.

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