FAIRBANKS — The record-setting 10th annual Alaska International Senior Games kicked off Saturday with competition in three sports — track and field, racquetball and table tennis.
A record number of participants — 341 — have registered in this year’s nine-day competition featuring 20 sports, many of which are qualifying events for next year’s National Senior Games to be held in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Senior Games are open to anyone age 50 or older. Participants had to preregister to compete, but spectators are welcome at all events.
Softball is returning to the games this year, while power walking is now listed as an event in track and field.
Events scheduled for this year’s competition include archery, 3-on-3 basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, disc golf, golf, horseshoes, ice hockey (coed), indoor shooting, mini golf, racquetball, 5- and 10-kilometer road running races, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, trap shooting and triathlon.
Archery, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, racquetball, road running races, softball, table tennis, tennis track and field and triathlon are qualifying events for the National Senior Games.
Today’s competition features table tennis at 9 a.m. at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center, racquetball at
9 a.m. at The Alaska Club, swimming at 1 p.m. at Wescott Pool in North Pole and 3-on-3 basketball at 2 p.m. at the Patty Center.
Bocce at Kiwanis Field behind the Big Dipper Ice Arena, and the 10-kilometer run at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge are slated for Monday.
Golf at Chena Bend Golf Course on Fort Wainwright, archery at the UAF Archery Range, bowling at Arctic Bowl and cycling on Murphy Dome Road are on the schedule for Tuesday.
Wednesday is one of the busiest days at the AISG with archery, bowling golf at the North Star Golf Club, indoor shooting at the Alaska Department of Fish and Games Range, trap shooting at the Fairbanks Trap Club and a 5K run at Woodriver Elementary School on the schedule.
The golf tournament wraps up Thursday at the Fairbanks Golf Course, and bowling concludes at Arctic Bowl that evening.
Coed ice hockey kicks off Aug. 17 and wraps up the following day.
Also scheduled Aug. 18 is the softball tournament at the Hez Ray Softball Complex, the tennis tournament at the Dan Ramras Community Tennis Courts, mini golf at Pioneer Park and disc golf on the UAF course.
The AISG conclude Aug. 19 with coed hockey, tennis, a triathlon at the UAF Patty Center, horseshoes at Terry Miller Park in North Pole and the Celebration of Athletes aboard the Riverboat Discovery.
Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.