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Compete in the Durham Senior Games

The Durham Senior Games & SilverArts Showcase will be held in various venues from Monday, April 17 to Thursday, May 4. Men and women age 50 and up are encouraged to choose from a wide range of athletics to compete in, and also to consider participating in the literary and arts showcase. 


Competing in the DURHAM SENIOR GAMES can be challenging but is fun and life-affirming. Here are the sports and games you can choose to compete in:


  • Basketball (Free Throw, 3 on 3) (at WD Hill)

  • Bocce (at Sandy Creek Park)

  • Bowling (to be determined) ($24 extra fee includes lunch)

  • Cornhole (at Lyon Park)

  • Croquet (at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills)

  • Cycling (1 mile, 5k, 10k) (at the Durham School for Creative Studies)

  • Horseshoes (at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills)

  • Golf (at the Hillandale Golf Course) ($24 extra fee includes green fees and cart)

  • Pickleball (Singles, Doubles) (at Bethesda Park)

  • Shuffleboard (at WD Hill)

  • Swimming (Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly—50yd, 100yd, 200yd; Individual Medley—100yd, 200yd, 400yd) (at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills)

  • Table Tennis (at Lyon Park)

  • Tennis (Singles, Doubles) (at the Hope Valley Country Club)

  • Track and Field (Track: Dash—50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m; 1500m Race Walk; Run—1500m, 5k, 10k; 5k Walk; Silver Striders Fun Walk (noncompetitive). Field: Shot Put, Discus, Standing Long Jump, Running Long Jump, Football Throw, Softball Throw) (at Hillside High School).


The SILVERARTS SHOWCASE is for those who want to compete with their arty side. Here’s the lineup:

  • Visual Arts (Oil, Acrylics, Watercolor, Drawing, Pastels, Sculpture, Mixed-Media, Traditional Photography, Digital Photography)

  • Heritage Arts (Quilting Hand-Stitched, Quilting Machine-Stitched, Needlework, Knitting, Crocheting, Basket-Weaving, Pottery, Woodcarving, Woodturning, Jewelry Making)

  • Literary (Poetry, Short Story, Essay: Non-Autobiographical Article, Essay: Autobiographical Life-Experience Article)

  • Local Arts (Ceramics)

  • Performing Arts (Vocal, Instrumental, Dance, Cheerleading, Line Dancing, Comedy/Drama) 

  • The SilverArts Showcase art pieces will be on display at the Durham Center for Senior Life (406 Rigsbee Ave) from Monday, April 17 through Thursday, May 3.


The Durham Senior Games & SilverArts Opening Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 17, 5:30–7:30pm at the Lyon Park Recreation Center (1309 Halley St), and the Closing & Awards Ceremony will be held at the Durham Center for Senior Life (406 Rigsbee Ave) on Thursday, May 4, 5:30–7:30pm.


You can register from Monday, February 6 through Friday, March 10. Registration fees are generally $17, $15 with a Play More card (extra for golf and bowling). Click here for more info, to download the forms, and to register. If you need even more info or would like to send in a check (made out to “City of Durham”) rather than paying online, write to


Good luck, have fun, and don’t forget Durham Parks and Recreation’s slogan: 


“You don’t stop playing because you grow old …

you grow old because you stop playing.”

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