The Torrance County 50+ Games, a precursor to the Senior Olympics held this summer, start having events in February.
The kickoff event is Feb. 13 in Estancia, with basketball (free throws and 3-point shooting); soccer accuracy kick and frisbee accuracy; and a huachas (washers) tournament.
Later in the month, Feb. 27-28, is a shuffleboard tournament, for both singles and doubles.
On March 12, look for air gun shooting events at Mags Indoor Shooting Range in Moriarty, followed by table tennis for singles, doubles and mixed doubles March 19 in Mountainair.
Events continue in April, with 8-ball pool, pickleball, badminton and horseshoes.
The track and field finale will be held May 14 at Estancia High School.
Other sports are handled on an individual basis, including bowling, cycling, golf, race walk, and road races. Torrance County participants can qualify in these or any sport at another game site, as long as they qualify for at least one in Torrance County.
To be eligible to compete, a person must be at least 50 years old by Dec. 31 this year.
Registration is $5 for one sport, $8 for 2-3 sports and $10 for four or more sports. To find out how to register, contact Jerry Melaragno at 505-847-0402.
Volunteers are sought at the registration table and to help out with any or all events.
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