By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News
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Here is the schedule. Venues are in Port Angeles unless otherwise noted.
■ 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Athletes' check-in, Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.
■ 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Horseshoes, Lincoln Park horseshoe area, 1900 W. Lauridsen Blvd.
■ 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Cornhole toss at Lincoln Park; Park View Villas, 1430 Park View Lane; and senior center.
■ 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Indoor rowing, senior center.
■ 12:30 p.m. —Pinochle, senior center.
■ 1 p.m. — Badminton, Port Angeles High School gymnasium, 304 E. Park Ave.
■ 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Shuffleboard free clinic, senior center.
■ 3 p.m. — Bowling, Laurel Lanes, 108 W. Eighth St.
■ 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — Pickleball practice, Roosevelt Elementary School, 106 Monroe Road.
■ 7 p.m. — Opening ceremonies, senior center.
■ 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Athletes' check-in, senior center.
■ 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Indoor rowing, senior center.
■ 8:30 a.m. — Pickleball doubles, Roosevelt Elementary; shuffleboard, senior center.
■ 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Basketball and jump rope, both at Clallam County Family YMCA, 302 S. Francis St.
■ 9 a.m. — Cycling check-in, Olympic Christian School, corner of U.S. Highway 101 and O'Brien Road.
■ 10 a.m. — Cycling start, Olympic Christian School; slow-pitch softball, Shane Park, West Eighth and G streets; Elks Playfield, 526 W. 14th St.; and Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Ave., Sequim.
■ Noon — Pickleball singles, Roosevelt Elementary; swimming warm-up, William Shore Memorial Pool, 225 E. Fifth St.
■ 12:30 p.m. — Pinochle, senior center.
■ 1 p.m. — Swimming start, William Shore Memorial Pool.
■ 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. — Bowling, Laurel Lanes.
■ 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Cornhole toss at Lincoln Park, Park View Villas and senior center.
■ 6 p.m. — Celebration banquet, The Landing mall, 105 E. Railroad Ave.
■ 7 a.m. to noon — Athletes' check-in, senior center; indoor rowing, senior center.
■ 8 a.m. — Pickleball mixed doubles, Roosevelt Elementary.
■ 8:30 a.m. — Shuffleboard, senior center.
■ 9 a.m. — Track and field, Port Angeles High track, parking lot on South Maple Street; slow-pitch softball, Shane Park, Elks Playfield and Carrie Blake Park.
■ 9 a.m. to noon — Cornhole toss at Lincoln Park, Park View Villas and senior center.
■ Noon — Bowling, Laurel Lanes.
■ 2 p.m. — Pinochle, senior center.
Peninsula Daily News
PORT ANGELES — The 10th and final weekend of the annual Olympic Peninsula Senior Games for athletes 50 and older begins today.
The 2014 games will involve local and visiting athletes competing in 14 sporting events, said D Bellamente, executive director of the Olympic Peninsula Senior Games and the Port Angeles Senior Center, which sponsors the games.
“It's going to be an awesome weekend. All our ducks are in a row,” Bellamente said.
Registration is closed for most events, but a few sports may still accept late registrations to fill out foursomes or doubles, Bellamente said. For more information on possible late registrations, phone the senior center at 360-457-7004.
Spectators can watch for free and are welcome at all venues. Schedules are available at the senior center — Senior Games headquarters — at 328 E. Seventh St. and on the Olympic Peninsula Senior Games website at www.olympicpeninsulaseniorgames.com.
This weekend's slate of games will be a capstone to a decade of an annual athletic event that organizers said they never expected would become so popular or successful.
“In 2004, we didn't even know if it would fly. Now here we are with close to 500 participants,” Bellamente said.
This will be the last full weekend of games.
Not the end of events
Future athletic events will be organized individually, with tournaments and meets held on various weekends throughout the year, to enable senior athletes to take part in multiple sports, Bellamente said.
“It opens it up to more participation,” she said.
Opening ceremonies will be at the Port Angeles Senior Center at 7 p.m. tonight after a torch run from downtown.
The lighting of the Games Flame, a presentation of colors, the athletes' recitation of the Athletes' Creed and refreshments are part of the ceremonies.
But the games will begin hours earlier.
Athletes can check in at the senior center beginning at 8 a.m. today, and tournaments are planned for badminton and pinochle.
Games continue through Saturday and into Sunday afternoon.
Traditional competitive athletic events include swimming, track and field, cycling, slow-pitch softball, bowling and basketball.
Also planned are horseshoes, pickleball, pinochle and shuffleboard.
Cornhole, an event in which no medals will be awarded, is a traditional Midwestern game that will be offered all three days.
It cannot be compared to a simple children's game of beanbag toss, Bellamente said.
“As adults, the rules get complicated,” she said.
The bags are filled with “American corn kernels,” and Bellamente said everything about the game has some kind of traditional Midwestern element to it.
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place finishers by age group and gender unless otherwise stated in the individual sport description.
Medals will be presented at the completion of each competition. Any not received at the competition venue will be available for pickup at the senior center.
After the games end, results will be posted at the senior center and on the Olympic Peninsula Senior Games website.
For more information, visit the website or phone the senior center at 360-457-7004.
Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.