Athletes represent 25-plus counties in New Mexico including 14-plus pueblos and tribes plus 31 out-of-state competitors. Many athletes are event record holders and gold medalist coming to defend their title. Out-of-state athletes competing in New Mexico for the first year in the history of the Games represent eight states. New Mexico has been a closed state since inception of the games in 1979. Athletes can register up to five sports and no pre-qualifying is required. Registered athletes receive an entry event confirmation mailing from Roswell to confirm registered events. Athletes begin to arrive in Albuquerque on Tuesday, July 18, and compete for five days, July 19-23. Athletes compete in five-year age divisions. 2017 is considered a non-qualifying year for the athletes to advance to Nationals. 2018 will qualify athletes to advance to the 2019 National Senior Games scheduled for New Mexico where they anticipate 10,000-plus athletes. 2018 State Summer Games will also be held in Albuquerque.
All events are free to spectators. Events are held at various sport venues throughout Albuquerque, including Balloon Fiesta Park, Manzano Mesa Park, Los Altos Park, Atrisco Vista/ I-40; African American Performing Arts, UNM Track and Natatorium; Holiday Bowl, Raymond Sanchez Community Center, Midtown Sports & Wellness. A spectator schedule is available at various business locations around town where you see a Game Poster. City of Albuquerque has identified 400-plus community volunteers to support the games. Volunteers work a four-hour shift and receive a free shirt and are invited to a Volunteer Social preceding the games. For more information on State Senior Olympic Summer Games call or visit NMSO at www.nmseniorsolympics.org or 575.642.6048.
New Mexico Senior Olympics, Inc. is funded in part by the N M Aging and Long Term Services for health promotion activities. NMSO is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization headquartered in Roswell, New Mexico, Cecilia Acosta is the Executive Director. Contributing partners include Humana, Visit ABQ, Blue Cross, Sore No More, Jubilee, Stryker, AARP, Molina Healthcare, Tivity Health, Lovelace, NM Department of Health, City of Albuquerque and Sonic.