About the Maine Senior Games
The mission of the Maine Senior Games is to provide athletic events and wellness opportunities to improve the health and fitness of people 45 and over.
For many, the thrill of competing in an athletic event never ends. Thanks to the Maine Senior Games, adults age 45 and older can continue to participate and compete in annual athletic and recreational events. Maine Senior Games is a great opportunity for older adults to have fun and stay fit.
Brief History of the Maine Senior Games
Maine Senior Games has been around since the mid-eighties. For the last 15 years we have been a program of the Southern Maine Agency on Agency (SMAA). SMAA recently responded to the unique challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis by narrowing their focus to the delivery of those services under the Older Americans Act. As a result, they eliminated a number of programs that don’t fall under their new focus, including the Maine Senior Games.
Since May 2020, we have been working to become our own non-profit so we can apply for grants and sponsorships. In less than two months we raised over $10,000 from athletes, volunteers, friends and family.
About Our Athletic Events
Maine Senior Games offers over 20 competitive sports to both men and women: road races (1 mile, 5K, 10K), archery, tennis, table tennis, pickleball, swimming, golf, ten pin bowling, candlepin bowling, track and field, cycling, cornhole, buoy toss, triathlon, power walk (5K and 1 Mile), racquetball, hot shot/foul shoot and 3 on 3 men’s and women’s basketball.
Competition is in age groups: 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99+ Our athletes’ range in age from 45-94 but the majority of our athletes are in the 65-75 age range.
Our events take place in different cities and towns throughout Maine.
There are approximately 600-800 athletes and volunteers that participate each year. Even years are qualifying for the National Senior Games and odd years are when the National Games take place.
We have 50-75 volunteers who help us each year get ready for the events, help check folks in while others help keep score, measure or whatever needs doing at an event.
National Senior Games
Over the years many, many athletes have qualified and gone on to the National Senior Games throughout many cities in the United States. Many ribbons and medals have been brought back to Maine. 2019 was the biggest year where 135 athletes competed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The National Senior Games event is held every two years. The next National Senior Games event is scheduled to take place November 5-18, 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Board of Directors
Deb Smith, Chair
Kim Koehler, Vice Chair
Pam Dutremble, Treasurer
Jess LeBlanc, Secretary
Noelle St. Hilaire