With the grass turning green and the golf courses opening, the Vermont Senior Games has confirmed dates and venues for a solid dozen events in 2021. All of these tournaments will serve as qualifying events for the 2022 Nationals in Florida.
Although the COVID situation is still concerning, with Governor Scott “turning the spigot,” as he likes to say, the VSG is confident that we will be able to offer athletes safe and fun competitions. We have given a lot of thought and consideration to our safety protocols and urge athletes to take care in training and expectations for their sports.
For example, the Vermont Senior Games has opted to stage its annual swim meet at an outdoor facility, after years of competing inside at the Edge in Williston. The swim meet will be held at the Sand Hill Park pool in Essex Town this year. In addition, with the Colchester Triathlon’s status uncertain, the VSG has arranged to partner with the Vermont Sun Triathlon at Lake Dunmore in July. Registration is open for the triathlon as well, at the Vermont Sun website.
Our first event of the year, the Capital City Stampede 10K road race, was recently approved by the authorities in Montpelier. Staged in partnership with the Central Vermont Runners, registration is now open at their website.
After a meeting on Monday with Burlington School officials, we are also set to host our first annual Barbara Jordan Track & Field Championship on June 19. This event will be held at Burlington High School, and for this year it will be a seniors-only event. We hope to return to the multi-generational format in partnership with the Sprinticity youth club track club in the future.
Other competition news includes a return of cycling to Vermont at Castleton University, and a new format for tennis. Tennis singles will be played at the Burlington Tennis Club on August 7th, and then the next weekend the Quechee Club will host the doubles brackets. Hopefully next year the concept will remain the same, with the clubs swapping singles and doubles.
The only events “on hold” at this point are racquetball and table tennis. We have pushed these sports to the very end of our schedule, tentatively in October and November, respectively.
We hope that athletes are as excited about the upcoming season as we are!