Bob Oconnor

Bob O’Connor, 67, of River Forest, Ill. recieved the National Senior Games Association's Personal Best award. O’Connor epitomizes a new definition of “personal best” as the ongoing journey on and off the field to strive for fitness, health and wellness while inspiring others to be active and live longer, better quality lives.
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Welcome to the Illinois Senior Olympics

The Springfield Park District and The Illinois Senior Olympic Advisory Board invite all Men and Women 50 years of age and older to come and participate in this wonderful senior athletic event. There are over 30 event categories and team sports offered.

The Benefits
We are proud to be able to help promote healthy lifestyles for adults, particularly seniors 50 years of age and older. It's no secret that baby boomers are entering their golden years and are becoming more conscious about their health and the way they age. Staying fit and active is the best answer to aging and our games provide an excellent way for seniors to maintain or improve their physical and mental condition, as well as their coordination, while enjoying some friendly competition. It's also a great opportunity to meet new friends, and engage the whole family in the fitness mode. But, if exercising isn't for you, don't forget you can still be a part of the games by becoming a volunteer.

More About the Games
The Illinois Senior Olympics, based in Springfield began in 1977, making it the oldest State Games in the United States. Springfield’s first Senior Olympics hosted 122 athletes and as years have passed the participation has increased immensely, the Illinois Senior Olympics now host up to 1,200 male and female athletes, ages 50 years and older. The Oldest athlete to ever compete was 99. Springfield is the only qualifying site for the state of Illinois.

Be part of the Senior Olympics
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View photos of the Fight For Air stair climb and of the 2014 Cycling event on the photo page >


The ISO General Registration Form and Duplicate Bridge Form are available on the registration page >

SAVE THE DATE – 2014 Illinois Senior Olympics
7/12/2014 Cycling
7/26/2014 Stoneman Triathlon
9/02/2014 Bridge
9/19/2014-9/20/2014 Pickleball
9/20/2014 Archery, Basketball, Volleyball
9/20/2014-9/21/2014 Softball
9/24/2014-9/25/2014 Tennis
9/25/2014 Badminton, Basketball Free Throw, Miniature Golf, Ropeskipping
9/26/2014 Casting, Celebration of Athletes (Social)
9/26/2014-9/27/2014 Bowling, Shuffleboard, Table Tennis
9/27/2014 Horseshoes, Swimming
9/28/2014 5K, 10K, Track and Field Events
9/29/2014 Golf
10/14/2014 Wii Bowling

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