Senior Olympics

Competitors in the male 1600-meter run competition at the 2018 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics come around a bend in the track at Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington on Sept. 15, 2018.

Organizers of the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, which was canceled last fall due to public-health conditions, are planning a comeback for 2021.

Organizers on March 24 detailed plans for an all-outdoor event to be held across the region from Sept. 18-29, and are in the process of securing venues and event directors.

“We also need volunteers to assist the event directors, and are hoping participants, past participants and members of their families will sign up,” said Michael McLaughlin, acting chair of the non-profit organization.

Senior Olympics is open to individuals age 50 and older – although some participants are twice that age – living in Northern Virginia, and is sponsored by eight jurisdictions across the region.

In pre-pandemic times, up to 60 different indoor and outdoor events were held at nearly 30 venues across the region, drawing hundreds of participants.

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