This August, Vancouver is going to be the host of the inaugural Americas Masters Games. Those who are athletically inclined and at least 30 years old qualify to compete. It’s a nine-day event and open to athletes around the world.
In early February, with less than 200 days to go, those organizing it are announcing that registration for the 24 sport event is open. Canadian runners can sign up early to take advantage of special discounted hotel rates until the the Feb. 29 deadline. It’s estimated that nearly 10,000 athletes, supporters and coaches will flock to Vancouver to attend the first running.
What can athletes expect from the Vancouver event? This year, 24 sports are offered. Running events featured include your typical track and road distance, the decathlon, heptathlon and triathlon as well as a race walk. In terms of competition, that varies from recreational to high performance for highly competitive or ex-Olympic athletes.
The Americas Masters Games 2016 will stage the events at iconic venues from across the city, ranging from UBC, Stanley Park, False Creek and the beaches of Kitsilano and Spanish Banks to the Vancouver Convention Centre and Hillcrest Centre.
“We are so excited to be planning this Masters event,” said Rob Newman CEO of Sport B.C. and the Americas Masters Games 2016. “We look forward to welcoming athletes from around the world to our great city.”
The event is sanctioned by the International Masters Games Association.
For athletes who are interested, registration starts at $215 and is $75 for each additional sport added.
This piece has been edited and written from an America’s Masters Games press release.