TALLAHASSEE – The 2019 National Senior Games, which will be held in Albuquerque, N.M., June 14-25, has the most registered athletes in the organization’s history.
With all 50 states represented, there are 13,712 athletes that will participate in the 2019 National Senior Games, which is 30% higher than the games in 2017 and 14% higher than the previous 12,000-person games in Louisville, Ky. in 2007.
Of the 13,712 athletes competing, 687 will represent the State of Florida, according to the National Senior Games registration database. These athletes qualified at the 2018 Florida Senior Games, presented by Humana, held in Clearwater and Pinellas County in December 2018.
“The athletes traveling to the National Senior Games from Florida shows their dedication to having a better quality of life as they age,” said Marvin E. Green, Jr., Vice President of Amateur Sports & Events with the Florida Sports Foundation. “Whether they are going to compete against the top athletes from around the country in their age group, or if they are going for an extended vacation to New Mexico and make new friends from other states, we are extremely proud of their efforts.”
Florida athletes have once again placed the Sunshine State among the Top 5 of individual state participation at the 2019 National Senior Games. Since 2001, over 4,000 Florida athletes have competed in the biennial National Senior Games.
The host state of New Mexico has the most athletes participating – 1,516 total.