Florida Senior Games kick off in Clearwater

The 26th annual Florida Senior Games kicked off Saturday morning in Clearwater.

Approximately 2,000 athletes age 50-and-over will compete in 24 sports through Sunday December 10.

Sports on the opening Saturday will include archery, bowling, racquetball, shuffleboard, swimming, Tai Chi, tennis and volleyball.

The Florida Senior Games is a program of the Florida Sports Foundation, a division of Enterprise Florida, Inc., which serves as the state’s lead organization in promoting and developing Florida’s sports industry. Since the Games’ inception in 1992, more than 50,000 athletes have competed in the annual Florida Senior Games.

Among the 2,000 registered athletes this year are participants from 38 states as well as Puerto Rico, The Bahamas and Canada. Athletes from over 200 Florida cities will travel to Clearwater for the event, which will generate $2 million for the local economy.

Nearly 70 percent of the athletes competing are in the 60s and 70s age groups with 17 athletes aged 90-and-over.

The 2017 Senior Games is not a qualifier for the 2019 National Senior Games to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June of 2019.